Judge bars Latham from patent case, citing conflict dating back 17 years

September 27, 2012 – In The News
The National Law Journal

A Delaware federal judge has barred Latham & Watkins from representing a defendant in a patent infringement case because the firm represented the plaintiff's predecessor 17 years ago.

On September 24, Judge Richard Andrews of the District of Delaware disqualified Latham from representing MobiTV in EON Corp. IP Holdings LLC v. FLO TV Inc. He found that a potential conflict of interest exists even though Latham set up an ethics wall.

Gregory Williams, a Wilmington, Del., partner at Fox Rothschild who represents EON, filed the motion to disqualify Latham.