In-House Counsel Have Baggage?

by Editors on August 20, 2014

 photoWhen in-house counsel leave a job, they’re not necessarily starting with a clean slate at their new employer.  Yes, in-house counsel can have baggage – as allegations in a recent case make clear:

“What are the duties that an in-house counsel owes to her company once she leaves for a new job? That’s the question Schlumberger Ltd. is raising in a new motion to disqualify a plaintiff’s inside and outside counsel in a federal patent case.  The motion raises serious ethical and confidentiality issues around the work of Charlotte Rutherford, Schlumberger’s former deputy general counsel for intellectual property. Rutherford left to take a job as senior vice president of Acacia Research Group, a Houston-based patent licensing company, in June of last year.”

Read: What In-house Counsel Can’t Quite Leave Behind at Corporate Counsel (reg. req.).


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