In a rash of lawsuits inspired by suits by Xerox against Apple and Apple against Microsoft/HP, the whole computer industry was thrown into a tizzy when Digital Equipment, IBM, Unisys, and AT&T agreed to form the Open Lawsuit Foundation (OLF). "We are totally against proprietary lawsuits," said a DEC spokesman. "We want standards in lawsuits."
An IBM spokesman concurred. "We have sued everyone from little companies like Big Blue Inc. to Hitachi but we have always had proprietary suits. Now to show our leadership in the standards industry, we intend to standardize on our suits." When asked to comment, a Sun Microsystems representative stated, "We don't wear suits at Sun."