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Urgent meeting in Microsoft case

Discussion in 'General Marketing' started by temi, Nov 25, 2004.

  1. temi

    temi Facilitator Webmaster

    Microsoft will have to change its business practices if its appeal fails
    A new round has opened in the European Commission anti-trust battle against Microsoft as the judge hearing its appeal called for a closed meeting.
    The meeting - to be held on Thursday - follows US-based Novell and the Computer and Communications Industry Association dropping out of the case.

    Both have recently received out-of-court settlements from Microsoft.

    Novell got $536m (£286m), while the Financial Times reported that the CCIA received $19.75m.

    Both Novell - which is still taking legal action against Microsoft over a separate case - and the CCIA had supported the European Commission (EC) in its anti-trust case against US software giant Microsoft.

    This resulted in the EC finding against Microsoft in a major anti-trust case and fining it $646m in March, demanding big changes in Microsoft practices.

    To date, Microsoft has settled with four out of its five major opponents in the appeal case, having previously spent $2.4bn settling claims with TimeWarner and Sun Microsystems.
    source: news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4037923.stm

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