A long-running legal case concerning the alleged $265m mis-selling of software licences by IBM to the US tax office has a new lease of life following a ruling by the US Court of Appeal earlier this week [PDF].

In 2013, senior IBM sales rep Paul Cimino – who sold IBM’s Rational brand of software to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – filed a complaint under seal against Big Blue through the federal whistleblower False Claims Act alleging IBM Corp had fabricated audit results to mislead the IRS into signing a $265m software deal.

After a lengthy inquiry, investigators declined to intervene and the case was finally dismissed by US District Court Judge Amit Mehta in the US Court for the District of Columbia [PDF] in late 2019.

The ruling at the time noted that: “Over the course of four years, the United States sought, and the court granted, multiple extensions of time to…

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