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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.

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“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.

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