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Cisco Settles Antitrust Case With Multiven

Cisco has settled a two year old lawsuit with software maintenance firm Multiven.

In 2008, Multiven had sued Cisco for releasing critical security patches and software updates only for the customers of its SMARTnet services and not for third parties, preventing them from providing maintenance services for Cisco appliances.

After being sued by Multiven, Cisco had retaliated by counter-suing the software maintenance firm, its founder Peter Alfred-Adekeye and his start-up Pingsta.

Pingsta is a collaborative platform that allows users to receive network expertise from experts on a pay-per-use basis.

In response to the lawsuit, Cisco had denied using strong arm tactics to sell its services and added that thousands of Cisco partner companies were providing updates and bug fixes for Cisco appliances.

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, in San Jose.

Under the settlement, the companies have agreed to drop the lawsuits and pay their own legal fees.