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iYogi Defense Attorneys Withdraw From Legal Case

Apparently, even iYogi's own attorneys find it difficult to work with the embattled IT services provider. Indeed, a defense team representing iYogi in the lawsuit filed by Tata Communications has withdrawn from the case. The reason? iYogi allegedly failed to cooperate with its own defense team, according to legal documents viewed by ChannelE2E.

In an August 22 motion, the law firm of PilieroMazza PLLC respectfully asked to withdraw from the Tata vs iYogi case. The motion stated:

"It was anticipated that...information would be exchanged between counsel and iYogi with regard to the underlying case and that the terms of the representation would be met, which would enable counsel to proceed effectively on iYogi’s behalf. Regrettably, the foregoing anticipated steps have not be taken, which has rendered the relationship between counsel and iYogi untenable and has adversely affected counsel’s ability to effectively and zealously represent its client."

A judge in the case granted the motion, allowing PilieroMazza PLLC to walk away from the case. iYogi now has until Sept. 1, 2016, to file any objections to a pending judgment against the company. Tata is seeking a default judgment in its $1.154 million case against iYogi.

iYogi's Legal Troubles

iYogi is a venture-backed remote help desk provider that claims to support over 3 million users in 11 countries. However, numerous organizations and businesses have filed suit against the company over the past year — alleging breach of contract, nonpayment of services and other issues.

The state of Washington has been particularly vocal -- as has Microsoft, which alleges iYogi commits fraud to push IT services and various fees onto unsuspecting consumers.

iYogi in December 2015 said the allegations were without merit but has since not commented on the lawsuits. ChannelE2E has reached out to the company numerous times for comment but never received a reply.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.