Cisco settles two year old lawsuit with Multiven

Cisco has settled a two year old lawsuit against it by Multiven over alleged forced charges for software updates.

Under the terms of the settlement both parties agreed to drop their respective lawsuits and pay their own legal fees, suggesting it was more of a truce than a triumph for either company, ending the bitter war between them that has raged for the last several years. 

The case was brought to the US District Court for the Northern District of Californa in December 2008. It involved allegations that Cisco forced Multiven customers to buy the Cisco SMARTnet service plan if the company wanted to get software updates, which is a service often given for free by other companies. Multiven claimed that Cisco was in breach of antitrust laws, preventing others from servicing the Cisco equipment.

However, Cisco claimed at the time that it was not forcing Multiven, or anyone else for that matter, to buy its products and that there were many other companies who offered servicing for Cisco machines.

To add insult to injury, Cisco then decided to counter-sue Multiven, its founder Peter Alfred-Adekeye, and his new company Pingsta, creating an even more bitter battle. Aldfred-Adekeye previously worked for Cisco for five years, adding a further twist to the tale, which has effectively ended with former allies turned adversaries.

Other details about the settlement, such as any potential monetary transfer, were not revealed.

A spokesperson for Cisco told us: “We are gratified that the court found in Cisco’s favor regarding Multiven’s unauthorized access to Cisco’s computer network, and that Multiven dropped all of its claims against Cisco without Cisco paying any money to Multiven.”