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Symantec Files Suit

Symantec announced that it has filed suit against a large network of distributors selling counterfeit Symantec software

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that it has filed suit against a large network of distributors selling counterfeit Symantec software. The case against ANYI, SILI Inc., G.T. Micro, ASP Solutions, Mark Ma, Mike Lee, John Zhang, and other associated business affiliates was filed in United States District Court for the Central District of California, in Los Angeles, CA.

In the filing, Symantec included claims alleging that ANYI, SILI, and their affiliates engaged in trademark infringement, copyright infringement, fraud, unfair competition, and false advertising. Symantec has asked for a jury trial and is seeking damages in excess of the estimated $15 million in profits reaped by the ANYI/SILI piracy ring that sold the counterfeit software.

"Aside from the financial loss incurred by this activity, counterfeit software can also damage a user's operating system due to faulty code or cause a user's system to be wracked with security vulnerabilities," said Joseph Fitzgerald, vice president, Intellectual Property and deputy general counsel, Symantec. "Symantec is committed to doing everything we can to protect our customers and the safety of their information, and that includes taking legal action."

Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC)