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SUBSTANTIAL VERDICT WON FOR DATA GENERAL CORPORATION

 BOSTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- A 10-member jury returned a verdict today in favor of Data General Corporation of Westboro, Mass. against Grumman Systems Support Corporation (a subsidiary of Grumman Corporation) of Bethpage, N.Y. in a copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation case. The jury verdict, coupled with an award of additional damages made by United States District Court Judge Walter Jay Skinner, plus accrued interest, will result in a recovery to Data General of more than $52 million.
 In the suit, Data General Corp. vs. Grumman Systems Support Corp., Civil Action No. 88-0033-S, Data General claimed that Grumman infringed Data General's copyrights and misappropriated Data General's trade secrets in MV/ADEX, Data General's proprietary diagnostic software. MV/ADEX is designed to detect malfunctions in Data General's MV line of 32-bit computers. Grumman's improper use of protected Data General software reduced Data General's opportunity to provide service and sell equipment to users of Data General computers.
 Data General also had obtained a preliminary injunction in December of 1988 prohibiting Grumman from using MV/ADEX, but claimed that Grumman continued to use the diagnostic software after the injunction. The jury found that Grumman had, in fact, violated the injunction. Grumman filed 18 counterclaims against Data General over the course of the five-year proceedings, all of which were dismissed prior to the issuance of the jury's verdict.
 The trial began on November 16, 1992, and consumed 35 trial days. Data General was represented by a six-member Choate, Hall & Stewart litigation team headed but the firm's Managing Partner, Robert S. Frank, Jr., Representing Grumman Systems Support Corp. was a trial team from Coudert Brothers, San Francisco, Calif., headed by Ronald S. Katz.
 Founded in 1899, Choate, Hall & Stewart is a 160-lawyer firm offering litigation, business, real estate, health care, tax and fiduciary services regionally and nationally.
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 /CONTACT: Stephen D. Barrett of Choate, Hall & Stewart, 617-227-5020/


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