Third-party financing of lawsuits—often described as a new and growing phenomenon—has been much in the news lately. But outside investors have been making multimillion dollar bets on patent lawsuits for years. One of the field's leading players is Altitude Capital Partners, founded by investment bankers Robert Kramer and Warren Hurwitz. Altitude, which has been investing in patent lawsuits since at least 2006, boasts of having more than $250 million to spend on such litigation.Last week, The Prior Art reported on one patent-holding company Altitude has invested in. This week, we offer the story of another Altitude investment—one that resulted in an acrimonious lawsuit between parties that used to be on the same side.