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Wired: Judge Comes Down Hard on MS

Nov 06, 1999, 01:49 (9 Talkback[s])

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"In 207-pages on the facts established at trial, District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson said Microsoft's actions had done consumers harm and the company had used its power to punish competing firms.

The ruling, which sets the stage for a later ruling on whether Microsoft's actions broke the law, largely sided with the U.S. Justice Department and 19 states that brought the case against the high-technology powerhouse."

" 'Three main facts indicate that Microsoft enjoys monopoly power,' Jackson said, citing the company's large and stable market share, the high barriers to market entry and the lack of a commercially viable alternative to the Windows operating system.

'Many of these actions have harmed consumers in ways that are immediate and easily discernible,' another part of Jackson's ruling said. 'They have also caused less direct but nevertheless serious and far-reaching consumer harm by distorting competition.' "

[ Quotes key sections pertaining to: monopoly power, harm to consumer, harm to other firms, battle with Netscape - LT ed. ]

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