Nebraska investigating Texas patent law firm

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Associated Press

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 19 at 3:32 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a Texas firm that has been accusing Nebraska businesses of infringing on patents.

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says Texas law firm Farney Daniels has sent multiple threatening letters to Nebraska businesses.

Bruning says he has ordered Farney Daniels to stop sending letters while his office investigates whether they are deceptive.

Bruning says the law firm appears to represent companies that bought up patents just so they could threaten lawsuits and collect settlements.

In an emailed statement for his firm, Bryan Farney said Friday that he was confident that "any fair investigation will conclude our firm has lawfully and honorably represented our clients in upholding their rights."

The firm is based in Georgetown, Texas, a suburb north of Austin.

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