BSkyB wins EDS legal case, HP set to appeal

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LONDON, UK: Hewlett-Packard Co said on Tuesday it planned to appeal a court ruling after a company it bought in 2008 lost a long-running legal battle against British pay-TV firm BSkyB.


The case involved Electronic Data Systems (EDS) which was appointed in 2000 to design and implement BSkyB's customer service system. The agreement broke down in early 2002 and the legal proceedings against EDS started in 2004.

HP, which bought EDS in 2008, said it would appeal the ruling because the court had dismissed many of the allegations. BSkyB had accused EDS of deceit, negligent misrepresentation and breach of contract.

"We are pleased the Court dismissed the majority of the allegations made," an HP spokesman said. "While we accept that the contract was problematic, HP strongly maintains EDS did nothing to deceive BSkyB. HP will be seeking permission to appeal."

BSkyB said it would be up to the court to determine the costs and damages. However, based on the judgment, it estimated that EDS will be liable to pay Sky at least 200 million pounds ($322.7 million).