i havent seen this posted anywhere else, so apologies if this is old news - but it did bring a wry smile to me!! reported in futures mag, rosenthal collins has filed THREE cases against harris brumfield and his tt company. i was only thumbing through the mag, in a store, and dont have a copy, but the details are pretty accurate from memory (!!!) they are as follows: 1/ a counter case against tt, claiming that it has not infringed upon any patent law held by tt, or that it has copied md trader technology in anyway. this has been filed as rosenthal (the hero) feels that tt's (the evil villain) case claiming it has done so is both damaging to its reputation etc... 2/ an injunction preventing tt from removing x-trader from rosenthals seats as it did with refco, regardless of the outcome of other cases. this is because removing the right to access x-trader could be damaging to their business in the short term, and also is typically used (as in refcos case) as an amateurish bully boy tactic to get the company to buckle under any patent claim. they also claim that their use of x-trader is irrelevant to patent issues. 3/ (and this is the best...) IMPROPER USE OF A PATENT!! YES!!! our heroes are claiming that the patent is invalid anyway, and also, even if it were valid, tt are using it in an unfair and anti competitive manner in order to create a monopoly. they state the case where tt again in their amateur way tried to bully the exchanges pay a flat 2.5 cent fee for each futures contract traded (regardless of whether the contract was traded on/via md technology)! CAN YOU BELIEVE THEIR CHEEK??? brumfield tried to use this desperate tactic in order to get a quick settle, rather than the long drawn out battle he must now go through with every isv providing ladder type order entry. i have long stated that karma will come round on this one. long term success can not come through selfish and evil deeds and unfairness to our fellow man. we reap what we sow. BWWWAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! nice try harris, but i think your goose has just been cooked! you really should read et a bit more harris, and listen to what uncle fred tells you.