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CBS MarketWatch: Microsoft puts...charge behind it, But larger U.S...settlement may not be...likely

Jan 11, 2000, 23:03 (5 Talkback[s])
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"Although Microsoft has settled a software maker's long-running complaint over allegedly anticompetitive behavior, analysts caution against speculation the industry giant will soon settle its broader battle with the Justice Department."

"Come on, they're two separate things," said Bill Epifanio, an analyst with J.P. Morgan in New York. "If I settle my parking ticket it doesn't mean I'll plead guilty to manslaughter on something else. Microsoft is a company that's so big that they're constantly involved in some kind of a claim. To transfer the results of one settlement to the other is inappropriate."

"To be sure, accusations of Microsoft bullying tactics were at the heart of Caldera's complaint, and those tactics also were central to a federal judge's findings that Bill Gates' company has been a monopolistic predator in marketing its Internet browser with its Windows operating system."

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