Ruling Permanently Dismisses Alternative’s Counterclaims against Epicor and Paves way for Epicor to Proceed with its Copyright and Intellectual Property Infringement Lawsuit Against Alternative to Recoup Substantial Monetary Damages
Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today announced that the United States District Court previously dismissed with prejudice all counterclaims California-based Alternative Technology Solutions, Inc. filed against Epicor in response to the intellectual property lawsuit that Epicor 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 dismissed.
“The Federal Court's ruling to dismiss the counterclaims filed by Alternative comes as no surprise,” said John Ireland, senior vice president and general counsel for Epicor. “The court agreed with our position that Alternative could not allege that Epicor violated any laws.” Ireland went on to add that, “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. Epicor expects that, as it prepares this matter for trial, it may discover facts that suggest other parties or individuals were involved in the infringement that is the subject of the allegations in this lawsuit. If so, Epicor will bring additional claims, as it cannot allow anyone to violate its valuable intellectual property rights.”
Summary of the Lawsuit Epicor Filed
The lawsuit filed by Epicor asserts claims for copyright and trademark infringement, false advertising, unlawful and fraudulent business practices, intentional interference with Epicor Software License Agreements, unjust enrichment, and that Alternative has violated federal and state law. The suit also alleges that Alternative has engaged in the "unlicensed use and/or duplication of proprietary Epicor ERP software, which enables Alternative to provide unauthorized consulting and software customization services to Epicor ERP customers." The suit further alleges that Alternative has through its actions misrepresented itself in the marketplace as an authorized Epicor partner.
In the suit, Epicor seeks the return of all of its proprietary materials and intellectual property and to permanently enjoin Alternative's unauthorized and illegal activities and prevent future violations. The suit further seeks to recover both actual and punitive damages from Alternative resulting from the violations and infringement.
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