A three-year-old suit alleging that Phoenix-based Discount Tire Company was infringing on a patent through its online store locator was dropped by plaintiff GeoTag, Inc. Geo Tag withdrew the suit in Arizona federal court, saying that one of its lawyers and a technical expert were suffering from health problems and couldn't continue the litigation.

Ballard Spahr partner Brian W. LaCorte, who represented Discount Tire along with Kimberly Warshawsky and Jonathon Talcott, said the case was a victory for his client, who chose not to settle early in the litigation and had won a transfer from the Eastern District of Texas to the District of Arizona, the company’s “home turf.”

“This is one of these massive patent troll cases where many defendants settle,” Mr. LaCorte said. “To their credit they (Discount Tire) stood firm and on principle, and because the merits were on their side. They have a reputation of both being reasonable and defending themselves when it’s right to do so and this was exactly that kind of situation.”

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