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Opposing tech groups settle lawsuit

Two competing technology industry trade groups have resolved a lawsuit over lobbyists who moved from one organization to another.

Details about the deal were not disclosed on Friday, but executives expressed hope that the resolution between TechAmerica and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) would settle a fracture that had erupted in the tech lobbying world.

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Both trade groups pledged to put the matter behind them and refocus on the needs of their members.  

"ITI is committed to focusing on the vibrancy of the technology sector and the dynamic future that [information and communications technology] innovation brings to consumers around the world,” CEO Dean Garfield said in a statement. His firm represents tech giants like Apple, Google and Microsoft.

“To ensure continued success in achieving this vision, ITI and TechAmerica have agreed to the resolution of pending litigation between them and have entered into a confidential agreement to resolve all claims, without any admission of wrongdoing,” Garfield added.

TechAmerica head Shawn Osborne added that the deal “is in the best interests of our members.”

Last year, TechAmerica claimed that three ITI lobbyists who had previously worked at TechAmerica, used the group’s exclusive internal membership data and tried to poach members. One of the lobbyists also made regular use of a TechAmerica-issued computer that she had promised to return after moving to ITI.

In a lawsuit filed in the D.C. Superior Court, TechAmerica asked for at least $5 million in damages.