Christmas Tree Co. Denies Acting Naughty In Atty Hiring

Law360, New York (July 10, 2017, 10:13 PM EDT) — An artificial Christmas tree-maker said Monday there was nothing Grinch-like in its move to hire a lawyer who used to work with the California federal judge overseeing the company’s patent infringement battle, arguing that the judge’s subsequent recusal was unnecessary and its opponents’ bid to disqualify the attorney unwarranted.

Balsam Brands Inc. retained Jonathan Bass of Coblentz Patch Duffy Bass LLP as additional counsel so he could provide general assistance, help counter an expected summary judgment bid and participate in the eventual trial, not to…

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