Lawyers acting on British Sky Broadcasting’s £709 million lawsuit against IT supplier EDS have reportedly criticised the judge for not delivering a verdict 15 months after the case finished in court.
A source close to the case said the judge, Mr Justice Ramsey, has “repeatedly” told both parties that a judgement was imminent, most recently in September, it was reported in The Lawyer.
But the source complained that the ruling remained “nowhere to be seen”, in spite of the case having its last court hearing in July 2008.
“Maybe it’s because it’s such an important case, but it’s still a year whichever way you look at it,” the source was reported as saying.
Sources close to both sides' legal firms told Computerworld UK that neither BSkyB or EDS' legal firms or the clients themselves had been the source of the report. BSkyB added that it had not been identified as criticising the judge.
An enquiry with the office of the judge had also not produced a response at the time of writing, and case administrators at the Technology and Construction Court were unable to say when a judgement would be reached.
BSkyB is seeking £709 million in damages from EDS, after the supplier allegedly acted “dishonestly” and fraudulently exaggerated its abilities in 2000 when pitching for a £48 million contract to build a customer relationship management system.
The claim is based on allegedly lost benefits as a result of delays, and costs BSkyB said it incurred to put the project back on track, but EDS calls the size of the claim “absurd and extravagant”.
EDS said BSkyB did not know what it wanted from the system, and that the extent and complexity of BSkyB's requirements "kept on emerging like handkerchiefs from a magician's sleeve" during the roll-out.
The judgement is highly anticipated by outsourcers and their customers, with industry experts suggesting that outsourcing could change as a result of the verdict.
Nigel Roxburgh, research director at the National Outsourcing Association, previously told Computerworld UK that if the case is upheld in favour of BSkyB, “it could lead to a real scratching of heads, particularly among lawyers”.