Gartner beats up software company in court

A software company that alleged market research company Gartner had libelled it had its case dismissed in America.

Research magazine said that ZL had filed a case against Gartner because it had placed it in a sector of its “quadrant” model and described it as a niche player.

Gartner produces an annual so-called “Magic Quadrant” report – that puts software companies into four categories – Leader, Challenger, Visionary or Niche.

ZL took exception to that, and sued Gartner for $132 million. But a district court judge threw out the action yesterday.

However, ZL can file an amended suit against Gartner if it so chooses. The judge said that analyst comments were “non actionable”. The Research report is here.