In the latest, and definitely most interesting of the lawsuit circus, Google is now suing the United States government. The lawsuit is specifically against the U.S. Department of the Interior, and says that the dept. “inappropriately wrote procurement requirements for a messaging contract to favor Microsoft Corp (MSFT) over its own Google Apps”.
The suit was apparently filed on Friday, and states that the department sent Microsoft a request for a quote for an email and collaboration product, but that the request specifically excluded Google Apps by stating the solution “had to be part of Microsoft Business Prouctivity Online Suite”. According to the Wall Street Journal:
“The DOI’s decision to only consider Microsoft’s productivity suite is “unduly restrictive of competition” and violates the Competition in Contracting Act, said Google in a claim filed with its government-reselling partner Onix Networking Corp.The U.S agency is looking for a single hosted email and collaboration solution to replace the 13 messaging platforms currently in place for its 88,000 users. The contract is estimated to be worth $59 million over five years.”
Aside from the money, Google’s main aim with this lawsuit is to keep the DOI from moving forward with contracts and quote requests that don’t conduct a “competitive procurement process”.
Eric Goldman, professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, states, “Google rarely goes on the offensive in court. It’s suing the Department of the Interior as a proxy in its battle against Microsoft.”
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