Caldwell Cassady & Curry Scores Significant Ruling in Square Lawsuit

Credit card reader inventor to finally see his day in court in high-stakes commercial case

DALLAS – Attorneys from the Dallas intellectual property and commercial litigation firm Caldwell Cassady & Curry recently won a significant ruling in St. Louis federal court on behalf of firm client Dr. Robert Morley Jr. in his ongoing legal battle with San Francisco-based Square Inc. (NYSE: SQ), manufacturer of the popular Square credit card reader.

The court denied Square’s motion for summary judgment, sending Dr. Morley’s case to trial in June where his lawyers will show how he was wrongly excluded from Square after inventing the very technology that led to the creation of the Square credit card reader.

Caldwell Cassady & Curry name principals Brad Caldwell, Jason Cassady and Austin Curry represent Dr. Morley in the lawsuit filed in 2014 over an implied joint venture agreement. The firm represents the inventor alongside the St. Louis law firms Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C. and Polster Lieder Woodruff & Lucchesi, L.C.

Caldwell Cassady & Curry’s work in this high-stakes commercial litigation is another example of the firm successfully working with other law firms to help protect clients’ business interests.

“We are extremely pleased with the court’s well-reasoned decision to set this case for trial in June and we are looking forward to presenting the evidence to a judge and jury,” says Mr. Cassady. “Business disputes are at the heart of what we do, and we are proud to protect Dr. Morley’s interests in this important case.”

A professor at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Morley invented the famous Square credit card reader. In 2009, he worked with entrepreneurs Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey in a startup to develop a business around his invention. Following their initial work together, Dr. Morley was left out of the company that he helped develop and start.

The litigation between Square and Dr. Morley began in 2010 when the company sued him, claiming joint inventor rights on a number of his patents. That case has been stayed and remains pending.

Dallas-based Caldwell Cassady & Curry represents clients in intellectual property disputes and commercial litigation claims. The firm is home to trial lawyers who have tried and won some of the biggest verdicts of the past decade against some of the largest companies in the world. Visit