IT – Software rivals in data dispute, reports John Stokdyk.

Accountancy and taxation software house CSM won an interim High Court order last week restraining rival Hartley Computer from using CSM’s confidential client database.

In a writ taken out on Monday 8 June, CSM asked the High Court for an injunction following three Hartley mailings to CSM customers that CSM alleged were derived from its customer database.

Also named in the writ was Joanna Edwards, CSM’s former sales and marketing director, who left the software house in May.

The writ sought an injunction to restrain Hartley and Edwards from using the company’s customer data and from offering users of CSM’s Auditman II, Taxman II and Minuteman II alternative products from Hartley.

At a hearing on Friday, Mr Justice Lightman granted an interim order to CSM, requiring both Hartley and Edwards to preserve the databases used for the customer mailings.

After considering initial responses from Hartley and Edwards, the judge granted CSM’s request to examine copies of the databases and scheduled a further hearing to take place on 3 July.

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