SkyRiver President Leslie Straus had the following comments regarding OCLC's Motion to Dismiss filed in federal court in Ohio on December 13:
"OCLC's Motion deliberately mischaracterizes the allegations in SkyRiver's Complaint for OCLC's own public relations purposes. Our legal team will respond in due course. Our position remains as it was in July when we filed suit – that OCLC has engaged in business practices which ultimately will be found to be illegal.
As we've said in the past, the trigger for the lawsuit was OCLC's imposition of punitive pricing for batch uploading of holdings against Michigan State University and California State University, Long Beach after those two institutions chose to move to SkyRiver for cataloging as a full service, lower cost alternative to OCLC. OCLC's action was taken with the intent of discouraging other academic libraries from moving to SkyRiver.
Innovative joined the suit because of OCLC's attempt to move into the integrated library systems market through anticompetitive conduct and anticompetitive agreements, as well as by its restrictions against for-profit firms with regard to access to the WorldCat database.
The goal of our lawsuit is to create a level playing field for competitors in the library technology marketplace—opening the doors to competition will lead to greater innovation and technological advancement. We look forward to proving our case in court."