Jim Batchelder and Mark Rowland, Ropes & Gray LLP
The first part of this program will review ethical issues relating to infringement claims by trolls, and strategies for addressing litigation misconduct by trolls. We will then turn to ethical issues relating to joint defense groups. Joint defense groups are great for allowing multiple defendants to share information and costs, and joint defense agreements help preserve attorney-client privilege and work product immunity. However, joint defense groups carry ethical risks if not properly managed and can lay the ground work for conflicts and future disqualification. This program will provide strategic tools for avoiding potential risks.