Linguisoft has taken control of the publication of Grammarian, the grammar checking software once available from Casady & Greene Inc. The software has changed hands as the result of apparently acrimonious contractual issues between the two companies.
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In a message posted the Linguisoft Web site, the company accused Casady & Greene of “uncured material contract breaches,” and said that Casady & Green is no longer authorized to sell or distribute Grammarian.
“We own all exclusive rights to the program including patents, trademarks and copyrights, and we are presently seeking legal remedy to stop unauthorized sales and to collect the substantial sum of money owed to Linguisoft Inc.,” said the developer. “We will be rereleasing all Grammarian products within the month. Thank you for your support.”
Casady & Greene offered its own thoughts on the subject to MacCentral today.
“As you know, Casady & Greene prides itself on its reputation to offer great quality consumer software. For almost a year it has become increasingly difficult to maintain the product integrity of Grammarian, and it has been unfair to our customers and frustrating for C&G. Our customers deserve the best product possible.
“C&G has tried very hard to work with Linguisoft and we were confident that a solution was imminent. We are sad to see this circumstance played to the press as being a true and honest statement, when it is not.
“Last week, after ongoing talks had broken down, we agreed to release Linguisoft from its contract, and we were assured by them that we would have the normal 90-day terms to allow for our vendors to eliminate the product from their inventories. We are baffled at this turn of events as anyone else is.
“It is our intention to continue to fully support our current Grammarian customers as best we can, and hope Linguisoft will prove to be worthy of the loyalty of these fans.”
Linguisoft was not available for further comment as MacCentral posted this article.