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Bloomberg News: Microsoft wins dismissal of 38 private antitrust suits

Jan 12, 2001, 19:03 (20 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft on Friday won dismissal of damage claims in 38 class-action antitrust suits when a judge held it couldn't be sued by consumers who didn't directly purchase the Windows operating system from the software giant."

"U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz's ruling spares Microsoft the threat of hundreds of millions of dollars in damages and eliminates the largest block of consumer lawsuits spawned by another federal judge's finding in June that the company illegally defended its Windows monopoly for personal computer operating software."

"In today's decision, Motz rejected arguments that consumers who bought Windows installed on PCs or through retailers were direct purchasers because they obtained a license to use the product from Microsoft."

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