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April 12, 2011 16:50 ET

Beginning Researchers: Internet Startup Accuses Universities of Collusion, Competition Act Violations

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 12, 2011) - An internet startup has filed a complaint with Canada's Competition Bureau against the majority of Canada's English-speaking universities. The educational company,, is accusing university administrators of colluding to prevent professors nationwide from ordering the company's educational CD-ROM for campus bookstores. The company is also accusing the ringleaders of hacking into its email and cell phone accounts in an effort to prevent it from developing relationships with student marketers and student tutors.

Company founder John Earnshaw said, "Market collusion, espionage and sabotage are serious allegations, and it's especially shocking that the perpetrators are public universities. Once these allegations are proven, it will confirm growing suspicions that administrators are more interested in empire-building than in educating students. If administrators broke the law to eliminate a learning product that they don't control, then Canada's university system has fallen into the hands of the wrong people. This will become clear if witnesses cooperate with investigators. It will also become clear if witnesses are pressured to circle the wagons."

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