You know that big picture-changing billboard on 101 in Silicon Valley? That thing has been causing all sorts of problems for a Morgan Lewis patent lawyer — but those problems will most assuredly not be decided in county court.
The inventor of said billboard, Landmark Screens, sued Thomas Kohler for malpractice (free reg. req.) after the firm allegedly didn't tell the billboard-maker about a screwed up patent application. That got tossed out of Santa Clara Superior Court because malpractice suits related to patents are heard in federal court like all patent suits — and today the Court of Appeal for the State Sixth Appellate District agreed (.pdf).
The case is ongoing in the federal court although most of the claims have been dismissed.