April 30, 2012 9:49 am

Bixi operations unaffected by legal dispute with former supplier

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MONTREAL – Officials with the Bixi bicycle-sharing system say a legal dispute with a former supplier will not have an impact on the service’s operations in Montreal or in other cities.

A firm called 8D Technologies Inc., which supplied software for Bixi bike stations, is seeking $26 million in damages from the Public Bike System Co., the non-profit company that runs Bixi.

In a lawsuit filed last week in Quebec Superior Court, 8D claims that even after the two companies parted ways, PBSC continued to use 8D software in bike stations, including those to be installed in New York City and Chattanooga, Tenn.

PBSC denied this.

PBSC is suing 8D for $2.5 million, claiming the Technology company overbilled it; 8D has rejected that allegation.

In other Bixi news, on Monday a website purporting to be an official Bixi site claimed the bike-sharing service was about to replace advertising with poetry.

News of the apparent change spread on Twitter.

But Bixi spokesperson Michel Philibert denied the change.

“It’s a false press release. It’s a false website,” Philibert said. “We are victims of vandalism.”

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