A federal judge called a patent holding company’s lawsuit against Foley & Lardner “groundless” and “beyond the pale” before dismissing it Friday.

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia granted a voluntary dismissal requested by the plaintiff, SPH America, but not before giving the company’s lawyer a stern lecture. “If Rule 11 were a little bit different, I would consider imposing sanctions on the plaintiff for having filed this suit,” she said, referring to the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure on frivolous lawsuits.

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