Australian litigation funder expands to Texas as industry faces ‘increased scrutiny’ from courts

22nd Feb 2017

Australia-based third party litigation funder Bentham IMF is expanding to Texas, and has hired Eric Chenoweth, a seasoned commercial and intellectual property litigator, to lead its Houston office.

“His move to Bentham comes as firms grow increasingly cautious in patent litigation with the creation of the PTAB and shifts in the law, driving them to explore outside sources of funding to hedge their risk”, reports Ben Hancock of the Texas Lawyer.

Hancock highlights the “increased scrutiny” third party litigation funders have been facing from the courts, noting the recent groundbreaking ruling in the Northern District of California last month which requires the disclosure of funding agreements in class actions.