Goliath, meet David.
In a case that has lasted nearly eight years and after a six-month trial in a New Jersey federal court, Tacoma-based Continuant has won a jury verdict against telecommunications giant Avaya.
The jury found that Avaya, a manufacturer of telecom equipment, violated antitrust laws. In its verdict, the jury awarded Continuant $20 million in compensatory damages. By law, the damages will be trebled to $60 million.
At issue was Continuant’s ability to offer repair and other customer services to owners of Avaya systems.
- Win over USC puts UW’s coaching upgrade (Chris Petersen over Steve Sarkisian) on full display
- Lloyd McClendon will not return as Mariners' manager
- Expect traffic delays when Obama visits Seattle Friday afternoon
- Huskies upset USC 17-12 and beat Steve Sarkisian, their former coach
- Obama visits Seattle for fundraisers; traffic not as bad as expected
Most Read Stories
“When Avaya couldn’t beat us in the market place, they tried beating us with almost eight years of scorched-earth litigation,” said Continuant CEO and founder Doug Graham.
The eight-person jury found that Avaya violated antitrust law in its attempt to prohibit Continuant from providing post-warranty maintenance of Avaya telephone and predictive-dialer systems designed to serve large businesses, according to a Continuant release Thursday.
A spokesman for Avaya was unavailable Thursday.