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CNET News.com: Microsoft now faces slew of civil lawsuits

Apr 07, 2000, 23:53 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

"While Microsoft prepares for the final stages of its landmark antitrust trial, lawyers are readying the first stages of about 115 civil lawsuits that could expose the software giant to more than $7 billion in damages, according to some legal experts."

"The reason the suits may become active again is that Jackson has said he wants to see the penalty phase of the trial completed within 60 days. If Jackson issues a final ruling on penalties, private lawyers will be able to use the trial record and Jackson's findings as evidence in their lawsuits, according to legal experts."

"Aside from private suits, companies Jackson cited as wronged by Microsoft's business practices--such as Sun Microsystems--are also considering their own lawsuits. ... These corporate suits could be even more damaging to Microsoft than the private cases, at least in terms of monetary awards, according to the laywers filing them and coordinating the actions."

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