Three rival companies announced today that they have dropped antitrust complaints against the computer manufacturer that prompted a July investigation last year, Reuters reported.
Both software vendor T3 Technologies Inc and French company TurboHercules formally withdrew their complaints to the European Commission, while Texas company Neon Enterprise Software has agreed to relinquish its claim.
TurboHercules and T3 claimed IBM tied sales of its mainframe computers to its dominant mainframe operating system. In its claim, Neon said IBM allegedly disparaged its product.
Although the Commission did not comment on the issue, the investigators can decide to continue with their investigation against IBM. This will be its second, as IBM is being investigated on alleged discrimination against competing suppliers of mainframe maintenance services.
IBM has yet to comment on the news.