After four days of testimony, the “Troll Tracker” defamation lawsuit ended in a confidential settlement the day before the East Texas jury hearing it was set to begin deliberations.

Plaintiff Eric Albritton and defendants Cisco Systems and Rick Frenkel — a former Cisco lawyer who blogged anonymously as the Patent Troll Tracker — settled the case Monday night, shortly after Judge Richard Schell ruled that the jurors would have to find “actual malice” on the part of Frenkel and Cisco in order for Albritton to win punitive damages from the tech giant.

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