Cisco, VOIP Duo Settle Suit

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2002-08-01 Print this article Print

Net2Phone and ADIR announce settlement resolves all litigation between the companies.

Two voice-over-IP vendors suing Cisco Systems Inc. over a potential partnership gone sour have settled their lawsuit against the networking equipment maker. Net2Phone Inc., a provider of VOIP services, and ADIR Technologies Inc, a maker of VOIP software, announced on Wednesday that the settlement resolves all litigation between the companies. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed because of a confidentiality agreement. The two companies had sued Cisco in U.S. District Court in New Jersey in March seeking compensation and punitive damages on claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, fraud, unfair competition, breach on contract and breach of fiduciary duties.
The suit originated from a partnership between the companies and Cisco. According to the complaint, ADIR and Cisco were to have jointly developed a product to make ADIRs voice-over software compatible with Ciscos hardware products. Net2Phone and Cisco created ADIR, of Newark, N.J., in September 2000.
Officials at Net2Phone, of Newark, N.J., previously had said that Cisco "seriously misrepresented" the basis of their relationship and never incorporated the new products into its line, developing competing products instead. "Both Net2Phone and ADIR are very pleased that we have achieved a satisfactory resolution of this dispute so expeditiously," said Net2Phone CEO Stephen Greenberg in a statement.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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