Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Jenkins & Gilchrist Broiling Over Patent Licensing Program: In a dispute arising out of a multimillion-dollar patent licensing program, Jenkens & Gilchrist is asking a state court to block two attorneys formerly with the firm from disclosing "trade secrets and confidential information" that Jenkens alleges belong to the firm and an unnamed client.

Jenkens and L. Steven Leshin, a shareholder in the firm, filed the suit on June 25 in Dallas' 162nd District Court. The firm and Leshin allege in their petition in Jenkens & Gilchrist and L. Steven Leshin v. Stuart D. Dwork and Roger Maxwell that Dwork and Maxwell "drafted and threatened to file legal papers" that would cause "substantial harm" to the firm and an unnamed client.

Dwork was formerly of counsel at the firm, and Maxwell was a shareholder unitl the firm severed ties with him after he suffered a disabling stroke.

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