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ZS Associates: Synygy's Amended Complaint Has No Merit

Friday, September 18, 2009 General News J E 4
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EVANSTON, Ill., Aug. 8 ZS Associates, Inc. asserted today that there is no merit in the amended complaint filed by Synygy, Inc. in a preexisting lawsuit alleging copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition. The company said that it would continue to vigorously defend itself in the suit.

The amended complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on August 5, is a revision of an earlier complaint in a lawsuit that Synygy filed against ZS Associates in August 2007. The original lawsuit was completely dismissed by the District Court in 2008. In June 2009, following an appeal by Synygy, the appeals court reversed the dismissal and returned the case to the District Court on the sole ground that the opinion requires more extensive analysis of certain jurisdictional issues. On remand, the District Court had set a schedule for ZS to renew its motion to dismiss.

With its amended allegations, Synygy has now also sued a current client of ZS Associates, a global pharmaceutical company, which is also a former client of Synygy. The amended complaint alleges that ZS Associates and its affiliate, ZS Associates International, Inc., as well as the pharmaceutical client, copied and misappropriated components of Synygy's sales compensation software and other intellectual property.

It is ZS Associates' firm conviction that Synygy's original allegations had no merit and that Synygy's new allegations are baseless as well. The company will continue to work through the appropriate legal channels to defend its people, products and reputation.

Built over the past 25 years, ZS Associates' Incentive Compensation (IC) practice is one of the largest in the world. The practice helps companies across several industries design, implement and administer effective sales incentive compensation plans.

About ZS Associates

ZS Associates is a global management consulting firm specializing in sales and marketing consulting, capability building and outsourcing. Founded in 1983, the firm today is comprised of four affiliated legal entities with more than 1,200 employees in 18 offices around the world. It has assisted more than 700 clients in 70 countries.

As one of the largest consulting firms globally focused on sales and marketing, ZS Associates has experience across a range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical products and services, financial services, transportation and high-tech. ZS Associates combines deep expertise in sales and marketing with rigorous, fact-based analysis to help business leaders develop and implement effective sales and marketing strategies.

For more information on ZS Associates, call +1 847.492.3602 or visit www.zsassociates.com.

SOURCE ZS Associates, Inc.
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