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article imageIBM faces Department of Justice probe

By Jane Fazackarley     Oct 8, 2009 in Business
The computer firm IBM is currently under investigation after claims of anti-competitive behaviour. The Department of Justice are to carry out the investigation.
The investigation comes after The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) asked for it. The Department of Justice has formally started to ask for details connected with the case which was first filed in September.
The main complaint submitted by the CCIA alleges IBM would not give licenses for its mainframe OS to companies in competition with them.
IBM disputes the claims and says it will participate fully in the investigation.
The CCIA says the investigation will concentrate on the mainframe operating system from IBM.
The Department of Justice has yet to comment on the case.
IBM have referred to a recent case concerning T3 which was dismissed.
A statement published on Reuters said:
"Just last week, a U.S. District Court dismissed T3's claims against IBM in their entirety. We understand the Department of Justice has asked T3 for documents from the litigation. IBM intends to cooperate with any inquiries from the Department of Justice. We continue to believe there is no merit to T3's claims, and that IBM is fully entitled to enforce our intellectual property rights and protect the investments that we have made in our technologies."
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