SAVANT's Antitrust Case Against Crestron Progresses Forward After Favorable Ruling

In a ruling of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts denied a Motion to Dismiss by Crestron Electronics, Inc. in a suit filed by Savant Systems LLC charging Crestron with violations of the antitrust laws and with other claims.

Osterville, MA. May 26th, 2011 -In a ruling on Thursday, May 19, 2011, Judge Edward F. Harrington of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts denied a Motion to Dismiss by Crestron Electronics, Inc. in a suit filed by Savant Systems LLC charging Crestron with violations of the antitrust laws and with other claims of unfair competitive practices. Among other charges, Savant asserts that Crestron has unlawfully coerced and/or induced dealers to refrain from carrying Savant's products.

This is the second time that Crestron has attempted to dismiss Savant's suit and the second time that the court has refused to do so. In the May 19 order, Judge Harrington noted that Crestron's arguments for dismissal of the complaint were "without merit". Crestron will now be required to file a substantive response to Savant's complaint and the case will then proceed to formal discovery. Robert P. Madonna, Savant's CEO, has indicated that he is pleased with the ruling and with the fact that the case can now move forward on its merits.

About Savant: Savant was founded by a core group of technology pioneers with hundreds of years of combined real -world experience in peripheral applications such as programmable systems, digital signal processing, telephony, switching systems, video processing, and home electronics integration. Savant's products, technologies and applications define the future of control, communication, media, and audio/video management. By combining a reliable and maintenance friendly open platform with advanced user interfaces, Savant has distinguished itself as the leader in residential and commercial control and automation systems. www.savantav.com

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