Actebis says sorry to ITAC

Microsoft’s ongoing legal wrangle with ITAC, centred on allegations that the UK software distributor had illegally imported software from the Middle East, has taken yet another twist.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  March 31, 2005

Microsoft’s ongoing legal wrangle with ITAC, centred on allegations that the UK software distributor had illegally imported software from the Middle East, has taken yet another twist. Rival distributor Actebis has now issued a full and unreserved apology to ITAC for republishing the allegations contained in Microsoft’s original ‘media alert’ about ITAC. In the media alert, Microsoft alleged that ITAC had been importing software from rogue authorised distributors in the Middle East. The allegations that parallel export and grey product flow had occurred from the Middle East coincided with Microsoft’s decision to launch an audit of major distribution partners in the Middle East. Roger Mather, managing director at Actebis UK, offered a full and unreserved apology to ITAC, following ITAC’s threat of legal proceedings against Actebis for republishing the allegations that were first made in a Microsoft ‘media alert’. “Microsoft’s media alert contained a number of allegations ITAC considers to be seriously defamatory of it, which were wrongly presented as if they were a matter of fact. We have apologised to ITAC for our republication of Microsoft’s media alert and the allegations made in it. We did not intend to endorse the allegations made by Microsoft or to suggest that we were aware of any evidence to support them.” An ITAC spokesman commented: “We are glad to have resolved the whole issue with Actebis and have also settled our dispute with GEM Distribution, also related to the Microsoft issue.” Depsite settling with Actebis, ITAC’s legal dispute with Microsoft continues to rumble on. To date, Microsoft Middle East has refused to provide details on exactly how ITAC sourced software from this region and what action it plans to take.

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