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RingCentral Loses Latest Round in Zoom Legal Fight

RingCentral said it's looking forward to a determination of the issues at trial.

Edward Gately

October 15, 2021

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A U.S. appeals court on Thursday denied RingCentral‘s preliminary injunction bid against Zoom that sought to keep in place an agreement that allows RingCentral to sell Zoom‘s video conferencing services.

According to Reuters, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said RingCentral hadn’t made the case for a preliminary injunction. That’s because it didn’t prove it could succeed on its claims in its ongoing litigation with Zoom in California.

Zoom first sued RingCentral after deciding not to renew a partnership agreement. It allowed RingCentral to resell Zoom’s service as RingCentral Meetings.

In March, the court dissolved a temporary restraining order against Zoom and denied RingCentral’s motion for preliminary injunction.

Doug Lumish, Zoom‘s attorney, said “we are pleased with this ruling in favor of Zoom and look forward to resolving this matter through the continuing legal process.”

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Doug Lumish

“For over seven years, RingCentral has been using Zoom‘s popular and reliable video communications technology to power its own RingCentral Meetings,” he said. “With the partnership coming to an end, RingCentral is publicly touting its own technology yet inexplicably asking Zoom to continue supporting RingCentral Meetings well beyond the contract’s end date in order to help them fulfill promises they made to customers without Zoom’s knowledge or consent.”

Zoom is confident the court won’t require it to support legacy RingCentral Meeting customers when the contract’s sunset period ends.

“If RingCentral truly believes in their own technology, they should use it,” Lumish said.

RingCentral sent us the following statement:

“The court of appeals declined to address the merits of the dispute, finding only that the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying a preliminary injunction. For us, it is business as usual. We look forward to a determination of the issues at trial.”

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Edward Gately

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As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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