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Global LMR Communications Provider Hytera Sues Motorola Solutions Alleging Anticompetitive Practices That Force US Customers to Pay a Surcharge for Safety

Date: 2017-12-11
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Hytera Communications Corporation Ltd. has filed suit in federal district court in New Jersey against Chicago, Ill.-based Motorola Solutions, Inc., alleging that Motorola Solutions is engaging in anticompetitive practices that are unlawful under the Sherman and Clayton Acts by deliberately and actively foreclosing competition in land mobile radio (LMR) communications systems, in order to reap billions of dollars on sales

Hytera's complaint alleges that Motorola Solutions prevents Hytera from competing in the US marketplace with its critical communications products that offer best-in-class features and far better value to public safety organizations, municipal governments, businesses, and taxpayers. Hytera further alleges that Motorola Solutions maintains its monopoly and enforces its inflated prices in the US by engaging in a monopolistic scheme that includes forcing LMR dealers to drop Hytera's products, leveraging its dominance of the US public safety market to impede adoption of newer, less expensive technologies here in the US, and engaging in a serial pattern of sham litigation to impede Hytera and interfere with its relationships with dealers and customers.

"Motorola Solutions is forcing US customers to pay artificially high prices for critical communications. It can do this because of its long-standing monopoly," notes Tom Wineland, Director of Sales for Hytera Communications America (West), Inc. "Motorola Solutions is doing this as security risks in the US are increasing, with a growing need for mission-critical communications solutions that help organizations to protect important utilities, provide safety and services for public transportation systems, and respond to threats at events such as concerts, festivals, and sports events, even in our nation's schools. All these demands put pressure on organizational budgets, and in turn are costing taxpayers and the American public."

- Corporate News/ (via Hytera, 12/4/17)



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