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IT-Director: Microsoft - The Vultures Gather

Jun 20, 2000, 12:39 (1 Talkback[s])
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"It may have seemed like a good idea to Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer to pursue the antitrust case to the bitter end, but it looks less and less so by the day. It seemed at one time that Microsoft was making every mistake that IBM made in its history of dealings with the US government; denying a monopoly position, insisting that the government never understood its business, having to provide all its documentation for government lawyers to analyse and so on. However Microsoft has gone much further because eventually IBM settled the issue and walked away, whereas Microsoft has decided to pursue it to the bitter end in the belief that it can win."

"Apart from the collateral damage to its public image, which it seems to be blissfully unaware of, Microsoft is now suffering the onslaught of the legal vultures, who are attacking it with class action suits. ... Actually the class action case seems to expand by the day. It brings together 170 separate cases against Microsoft on behalf of millions of customers. Although there is no basis in US law for a global class action (yet), the US legal vultures have decided to sue on behalf of the world, citing UN statements on the principles of competition and recommendations by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development."

"...it was all very predictable and indeed it was predicted by legal commentators as the case progressed. Once Microsoft refused to settle with the DOJ, it opened itself up to these actions. It ensured that if it were to lose then it would lose big. ... The higher courts may reverse some of the findings of the lower court, but it is unlikely to reverse them all."

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