Former Cisco reseller wins $6M in damages in Cisco suit

A former Cisco reseller has been awarded more than $6 million in damages in a cross-lawsuit trial against

Cisco, reports ChannelWeb. Infra-Comm sued Cisco for allegedly snatching a $5 million opportunity away from the reseller and turning it over to AT&T. Cisco, in turn, claims Infra-Comm harmed the networking giant's busines and misused its brand name. The jury in the California Superior Court at Santa Ana, Calif., on Monday found Cisco violated its reseller agreement and deal registration agreement, according to the news story.

The jury rejected Cisco's contention that Infra-Comm broke its contract with Cisco regarding payments related to Cisco Remote Operating Services (CROS), but the jury found that Infra-Comm violated its reseller agreement by using the Cisco trademark in its own Internet domain names.

The judge presiding over the case, Judge Gregory H. Lewis, last week ruled part of Cisco's reseller contract was unconscionable, which refers to a contract or parts of a contract that is one-sided in favor of the person who has the superior bargaining power.

A Cisco spokesperson is cited in ChannelWeb as saying that the company disagreed with the jury's findings and are considering all options, including an appeal.

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