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ATTORNEYS SAY INDEPENDENT COMPUTER MAINTAINERS HEARTENED BY SUPREME COURT DECISION IN 'KODAK V. IMAGE TECHNICAL SERVICES'

 ATTORNEYS SAY INDEPENDENT COMPUTER MAINTAINERS HEARTENED
 BY SUPREME COURT DECISION IN 'KODAK V. IMAGE TECHNICAL SERVICES'
 SAN FRANCISCO, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by Coudert Brothers, attorneys for Independent Service Network International (ISNI):
 Independent Service Network International, the largest organization of independent service companies for high technology, was heartened by yesterday's decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of "Kodak v. Image Technical Services." "Many of our 400 members have suffered because of monopolistic practices of computer manufacturers," said Claudia Betzner, executive director of the organization. "The Supreme Court has now seen to it that those practices will stop." Ronald S. Katz, general counsel of the organization, stated that the case represented "...a life or death struggle for independent service organizations; they have now won that struggle."
 ISNI consists of service organizations from around the world, representing over $1.5 billion of revenue per year. Its members range from large companies like Grumman and Bell Atlantic to small companies with less than 10 employees. Its membership provides end users of computers with an alternative to the manufacturer for service. That alternative, according to Betzner, "...enables end users to save tens of millions of dollars per year because of competition in the marketplace."
 "As a lawyer," said Katz, "I am obviously delighted that the Supreme Court cited the friend of the court brief which our organization submitted. Basically, Kodak had taken the position that it could act against independent service organizations in the service market without causing harm to consumers. We took issue with that, and obviously the Court agreed with us by saying that the antitrust laws applied to the service market."
 Betzner anticipates accelerating growth of ISNI as a result of this decision: "Now that independent service organizations know that manufacturers cannot arbitrarily put them out of business, many more independent service organizations will come into existence." Added Katz, "The Supreme Court's decision does not put an end to litigation in this area. I am certain that many independent service organizations will be seeking monetary damages from manufacturers which have harmed them competitively."
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 /CONTACT: Claudia Betzner of Independent Service Network International, 404-816-1610; or Ronald S. Katz of Coudert Brothers, 415-986-1300/ CO: Kodak; Independent Service Network International ST: Georgia, California IN: CPR SU:


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