The U.S. District Court has dismissed all counterclaims California-based technology consultant Alternative Technology Solutions Inc. filed against Epicor in response to the intellectual property lawsuit that Epicor had filed against Alternative.
In March 2013, Epicor filed a copyright and intellectual property infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Alternative, alleging that Alternative, through its executives and employees, knowingly misappropriated and misused Epicor’s intellectual property and proprietary and confidential information. In response, Alternative brought several claims against Epicor -- all of which the Court has now dismissed.
“The Federal Court’s ruling to dismiss the counterclaims filed by Alternative comes as no surprise,” said Epicor’s senior vice president and general counsel John Ireland. “The court agreed with our position that Alternative could not allege that Epicor violated any laws. Despite Alternative's recent representations to Epicor’s customers and to the media, there has been no resolution of Epicor's claims against Alternative, nor is there any relationship between Epicor and Alternative. Epicor intends to fully and vigorously pursue its claims against Alternative and will seek substantial damages against Alternative at trial.”
Alternative’s initial counterclaim was filed in April 2013, which denied wrongdoing on the part of the firm and claimed it was surprised and disappointed by Epicor’s suit. The firm also had affirmative defenses and counterclaims as a result of Epicor’s actions since they filed.
Then in June 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued an order explicitly barring Alternative from possessing, copying, using or accessing any Epicor products or documentation which have not been validly licensed, and from using validly licensed Epicor software for an impermissible purpose.