Trading Techs. Int’l, Inc. v. BCG Partners, Inc., No. 10 C 715 (N.D. Ill. May 5, 2011) (Kendall, J.).
Judge Kendall denied defendant GL Trade Americas’ ("GL") motion to disqualify plaintiff Trading Technologies’ ("TT") lead litigation counsel and in-house counsel Borsand, without prejudice to reconsider whether Borsand should be excluded from testifying should he seek to testify. GL alleged that Borsand received confidential information when TT briefly retained a European law firm to represent it in patent prosecution matters without realizing that the firm represented an entity working on behalf of GL. Borsand only had two contacts with the firm, and it was reasonable that during those two contacts no confidential information was transferred to Borsand. As such, the drastic measure of disqualification was not warranted.
GL’s request that Borsand be excluded as a trial witness because of his role as lead trial counsel was denied as premature with leave to refile at a later date. The Court could not determine what discovery would show, what facts would be disputed at trial or whether Borsand would even testify at trial.