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CA Sues Rocket

ISLANDIA, N.Y. -- CA, Inc. (NYSE:CA) today announced that it has filed an amended complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York against Rocket Software, Inc. alleging Rocket stole intellectual property associated with a number of CAs key database management software products.

The amended complaint includes causes of action for copyright Infringement, Misappropriation of a Trade Secret, Unfair Competition, and Unjust Enrichment/Restitution. Rocket is located in Newton, Mass.

According to the amended complaint, Rocket “knowingly and intentionally stole from CA the source code and development environment” and used the intellectual property to create many, if not all, of Rocket’s software tools for the IBM DB2 relational database management system. The amended complaint alleges that Rocket obtained the source code and development environment by hiring programmers and software developers formerly employed by CA or PLATINUM technology International, Inc., which CA acquired in 1999. These employees misappropriated CA’s intellectual property and converted this property to Rocket’s use, with the knowledge and consent of Rocket, according to the amended complaint.

“The facts here demonstrate blatant misappropriation by Rocket of CA’s intellectual property,” said Gary Brown, CA’s director of litigation. “We believe that Rocket’s management not only condoned the conduct of its employees, but also made false and misleading statements to cover up this conduct. We will take all appropriate measures to protect our intellectual property.”

CA Inc.