Symantec has filed suit against Hotbar.com Inc of New York, a marketing company that makes software that tracks web use and displays advertising. This is a pre-emptive legal strike after months of Hotbar trying to persuade Symantec to remove detection of certain Hotbar programs from Symantec’s anti-virus software. Symantec is not seeking damages, but is asking for a ruling that the Hotbar programs are computer security risks.
Joy Cartun, senior director of legal affairs for Symantec, said, "Through this effort, we're trying to ensure that our customers have more control over the programs that run on their computers." Hotbar has reportedly been threatening to sue Symantec, so it seems likely they will counter-sue.