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The 10 Most Controversial Companies Of 2016 (So Far)

CRN has scoured the news headlines and identified 10 companies that have been stirring things up so far this year.

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Arista Networks

Arista Networks, the networking vendor founded by former Cisco executives which has been giving the networking giant a run for its money, continued to tangle with Cisco in court during the first half of the year.

In June, Cisco won three of five patent infringement suits, and the International Trade Commission recommended a ban on Arista product imports containing the infringing technology. This followed an earlier ITC ruling that Arista violated Cisco's patents on private VLANS, system database and router configuration management.

Arista's legal battle with Cisco, which dates to December 2014, is starting to resemble a Hatfields and McCoy's-type situation, though it does appear that Arista is running out of options. But Arista channel partners maintain that Cisco is merely trying to fight superior technology with the big stick of its legal team.

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