Giant multi-defendant patent lawsuits, especially ones where plaintiffs claim to have patent rights over an industry standard, can really be a lawyer-full-employment act. There are limits to how much defendants can cooperate, especially when they're tough competitors outside the courtroom.
DataTreasury's patent war against the banking industry is already keeping dozens of lawyers busy, not to mention many lobbyists and politicians. Now the case has brought on board a prominent, but formerly unemployable, attorney—Alberto Gonzales. Story on Bloomberg via TPM.