I set up this site because of the upcoming court case here in Finland.
On Tuesday I will be legally able to unload some of the issues that have been a burden to me since I was a Security Consultant in Secode Finland.
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After 18 months of waiting... Yesterday was hectic.
It was my first time in a court of law and a real eye opener.
There really is two sides to every story. This time the oppositions story was not very convincing though.
First I gave my testimony on the illegal use of the Auditing software Secode Finland used in License Audits (BSA) during 2004-2007. Only one document involved in the court case was ordered to be kept secret (for 15 years.) After that Secode Finland's former (by his own statement, currently unemployed) Country Manager testified how they had done nothing wrong... ever, and if by some mistake they had done something wrong he was not aware of it and it was the responsibility of the Technical Manager. His testimony would have been a lot more convincing if he had not started to stuttered when he was asked to swear an oath in front of God and Country that everything he told was the truth. He ended up contradicting the Technical Manager that was called to testify next. After 7 hours ordeal it was over. Now we wait... again.
After two weeks of deliberation the judge finally gave her ruling. Justice prevails.
My point of view was vindicated on all but one point.
(I did not get the amount on damages I requested. This was no big surprise since we live in Finland. In US I would be a millionaire now.)
Because of the many facets of the court case we did not actually get a ruling on what damages Secode should pay for using unlicensed auditing software illegally. The matter was only mentioned where it touched the actual court case between Secode and Me.
In her ruling (18 pages) the Judge quotes...
Asiassa on jäänyt epäselväksi oliko Mattilaan
kohdistunut menettely johtunut siitä, että hän oli
huomauttanut lisenssin umpeutumisesta. Joka tapauksessa
Secode Finland Oy oli rikkonut olennaisesti
työsopimusta, kun se on määrännyt Mattilan suorittamaan
lisenssiauditointia lisenssittömällä ohjelmalla.
Mattilalla on sen vuoksi ollut oikeus irtisanoa
työsopimuksensa työnantajan sopimusrikkomuksen vuoksi.
It has remained unclear whether the treatment Mattila was
subjected to was the result of his bringing up the license expiration.
In any case, Secode Finland Oy was in material breach of the
employment contract when it ordered Mattila to perform
license auditing with a software they did not have a license for.
Mattila has therefore had the right to terminate
his contract with his employer due to this breach of
All in all I must say I'm a bit disappointed. After a lengthy process of 18 months of my humiliation and mental suffering, Secode gets away with only having to pay mere 30.000€ or so. (Almost none of this money will find it's way to me.)
Anyway. I am relived that this nightmare is over and I can finally get some well deserved rest.
Secode Finland has been granted an extension to the time that they can make a petition for an Appeal. They now have until 4.9.2009 to make the Appeal.
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