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eWeek: Legal experts: Microsoft's Corel stake 'dangerous'

Feb 15, 2001, 22:25 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

"Legal experts are lauding the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation of Microsoft Corp.'s $135 million investment in rival Corel Corp., saying the union is "dangerous" in its own right...."

"While Corel has previously proved a vigorous competitor with its WordPerfect Office suite and CorelDraw graphics application, this deal cuts the competitive edge in that industry," he added...."

"I wouldn't be surprised if the Justice Department decided to challenge the deal once the investigation is complete," he said. "But whatever happens in this matter should not have any bearing on the current pending antitrust lawsuit."

"Kovacic disagreed, saying the government and the states could try and use the latest investigation in their oral arguments before the Appelate Court to prove that Microsoft was continuing its campaign of "manifest destiny" and that the Corel deal was the latest ingredient in that plan."

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