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Nov 22, 1999, 18:11 (6 Talkback[s])

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"Lawyers say they will file a class-action suit against Microsoft Corp. today on behalf of millions of Californians... It would be the first of what legal experts say could become a flood of private litigation stemming from the Justice Department's antitrust action against the software giant, the New York Times said.

The suit is to be filed by three longtime class-action lawyers and will accuse Microsoft of using its monopoly in operating systems software to overcharge buyers of Windows 95 and Windows 98...

The Redmond, Wash., software giant's vulnerability to private suits increased sharply earlier this month when Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issued his findings of fact in the government's antitrust case against Microsoft."

"The complaint does not estimate the financial impact to Windows users, but the lawyers are seeking triple damages if the suit leads to an eventual finding of financial harm..."

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