Green Hills files antitrust lawsuit to fight Wind River litigation

Green Hills Software Inc. reports that it has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit to stop Wind River Systems Inc. from reportedly abandoning their mutual customers. Green Hills adds that Wind River also recently sued it allegedly to force termination of a 99-year cooperative agreement between the companies.

02/01/2005


Green Hills Software Inc. reports that it has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit to stop Wind River Systems Inc. from reportedly abandoning their mutual customers. Green Hills adds that Wind River also recently sued it allegedly to force termination of a 99-year cooperative agreement between the companies. Green Hills says it will stand by its commitment to customers by fighting Wind River's lawsuit.

For more than 10 years, Green Hills explains that it and Wind River cooperated to provide joint customers with Green Hills' Multi and AdaMulti embedded software development tools, including debuggers and compilers, for use with Wind River's VxWorks operating system. Many U.S. defense programs use Multi and AdaMulti with VxWorks.

"Green Hills Software and Wind River made a commitment to support our joint customers for the life of their products," says Dan O'Dowd, Green Hills' founder and CEO. "To demonstrate our mutual commitment, both companies signed a 99-year cooperation agreement. Green Hills Software has always fully complied with the terms of that agreement.

"Under Wind River's last four CEOs, we received the VxWorks updates that we need to fulfill our support commitment. However, as soon as the latest regime took over, they breached the agreement by refusing to supply us with new updates, interfering with our ability to support our mutual customers. Wind River also filed a lawsuit in what appears to be an effort to intimidate us and our customers, who depend on Multi and AdaMulti for VxWorks. After nearly a year of fruitless negotiation, it appears that litigation is the only way for us to get the VxWorks updates we need to support critical national defense programs that use Multi and AdaMulti for VxWorks."

In response to Green Hills' action, John Bruggeman, Wind River's chief marketing officer, says that, "Wind River stands behind its decision to file suit against Green Hills Software Inc. We're committed to our customers' success, and are continuing to work with them to deliver the industry's most reliable Device Software Optimization solutions."





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