Cisco Systems accused of unfair competition

By The Northern California Record | Feb 25, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – A Santa Clara company is suing a San Jose company, alleging that it unlawfully schemed to improperly and illegally foreclose competitors to monopolize the Ethernet switch market.

Arista Networks Inc. filed a complaint on Feb. 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Cisco Systems Inc., an Ethernet switch company, citing antitrust violations and unfair competition.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that it was improperly foreclosed due to the actions of its competitor's unfair business schemes. The plaintiff holds Cisco Systems responsible because it allegedly devised schemes to monopolize the market by imposing high charges to service products and thus prevent its competitors from increasing their market share and value.

The plaintiff seeks the following: ordering the termination of anticompetitive conduct by the defendant, legal fees and any further relief the court deems just and proper. It is represented by Robert A. Van Nest, Brian L Ferrall, David Silbert, Michael S. Kwun and Ashok Ramani of Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco; Jonathan M. Jacobson, Chul Pak, and David H. Reichenberg of Wilson, Sonsini. Goodrich & Rosati in New York, New York; and Susan Creighton and Scott A. Sher of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in Washington, D.C.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 5:16-cv-00923

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