3Com hit by Mickey Mouse lawsuit

Row breaks out over video kit bundling

3Com is facing legal action from Disney over an alleged breach of contract. The networking vendor yesterday admitted it was being sued after details of the suit emerged through its latest quarterly report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The lawsuit was filed on 4 November in Los Angeles County by Disney Interactive, makers of CD-ROMs and video games such as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire". It alleges breach of a purported contract for bundling Disney Interactive's video kit with 3Com modems, Reuters reported. 3Com said no trial date had been set yet, but stated it planned to vigorously defend itself. Yesterday it also emerged that 3Com had lost its battle to stop Xerox pursuing it for claims of infringement on Xerox's handwriting technology patent used in 3Com's Palm handhelds. ®

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