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Multiven Retains Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in Antitrust Lawsuit Against Cisco Systems, Inc.


Silicon Valley, California – March 23, 2010 - In its ongoing effort to open up the network maintenance services marketplace for Cisco equipment, promote competition and ensure consumer choice and value, Multiven has retained the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP to serve as its lead counsel in its antitrust lawsuit against Cisco Systems, Inc.

Charles F. (Rick) Rule - former Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division at the United States Department of Justice - and Special Counsel Joseph Bial Esq. will lead the Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft team on behalf of Multiven.

Multiven’s antitrust complaint alleges that Cisco harmed Multiven and consumers by bundling and tying bug fixes/patches and updates for its operating system software to its maintenance services (“SMARTnet”) and through a series of other illegal exclusionary and anticompetitive acts designed to maintain Cisco’s monopoly in the network maintenance services market for Cisco networking equipment.

For questions regarding this antitrust lawsuit, please contact Adam Segall, Director of Communication, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP at or at +1 (212) 504-6492.

For more on Multiven v Cisco, see

About Multiven
Multiven provides Internet Service Providers, enterprises, Governments and academia worldwide with an industry-first direct-to-expert multivendor network infrastructure technical support, maintenance and vendor-neutral trusted-advisor consulting services. Multiven customers enjoy improved network availability and reduced network maintenance and capital expenditures. For more about Multiven, please visit To learn more about the Multiven Advocacy Group and its efforts to empower consumers and ensure fair and open competition in the Internet infrastructure maintenance industry, please visit

About Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, established in 1792, is one of the world’s leading international law firms, with offices in New York, Washington DC, London, Charlotte, and Beijing. Cadwalader serves a diverse client base, including many of the world’s top financial institutions, undertaking business in more than 50 countries in six continents. More information about Cadwalader can be found at

Multiven is a registered trademark of Multiven, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.


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