Court Dismisses All Claims and Counterclaims in Aristotle-NGP False Advertising Lawsuit
Sep 15, 2011, 11:15 ET
WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A federal court has ruled that neither party is entitled to relief in the long-running false advertising lawsuit between Aristotle International, Inc. and NGP-VAN. (Civ. No. 05-1700, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia)
The court held that NGP's failure to disclose expressly in its advertising that its software is used by groups that have donated more to Republicans is not a violation of the Lanham Act. The Court also ruled that NGP had not proven its counterclaim concerning an Aristotle advertisement. Previous NGP claims concerning Aristotle ads had been thrown out on Summary Judgment. The case was dismissed with prejudice.
John Phillips, Aristotle CEO stated that in his view the "turning point" in the case was the unsealing of NGP documents last spring.
An earlier complaint by NGP against Aristotle in a separate FEC proceeding also was unsuccessful.
Aristotle publishes software for campaigns and PACs. In a recent survey, the respected independent "2011 Client Satisfaction Survey: Public Affairs Software", conducted annually by the Washington-based Public Affairs Council, professionals who subscribe to services from one of the "Big Four" PAC and Grassroots full-service providers rate Aristotle customer care and technology superior to VOCUS, DDC and CQ-Roll Call Group for the second year in a row. In the survey, Aristotle receives the highest grades of all four of these PAC/Grassroots firms, whose customers were asked to rate their vendor's software, training, customer service and follow-up. CQ-Roll Call, whose PAC software is licensed from NGP-VAN, finished last in these categories, and trailed Aristotle by wide margins.
Aristotle is recognized as a global pioneer in political technology, providing indispensable tools to those who seek to use the democratic process to influence decisions at the ballot box. Every occupant of the White House — Democrat and Republican — for more than 25 years has been an Aristotle customer, as are many U.S. Senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as Democratic and Republican state party organizations. For information about career opportunities or for client inquiries, go to www.aristotle.com.
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