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CNET News.com: Judge orders Microsoft to pay Bristol $1 million

“In a stunning defeat for Microsoft, a federal judge has ordered
the software maker to pay $1 million in damages in a case the
company largely won before a jury last year….”

“In a scathing, 103-page ruling, Hall lambasted Microsoft’s
business practices, contending that the Redmond, Wash.-based
software maker used bait-and-switch tactics in violation of
Connecticut’s Unfair Trade Practices Act. She also faulted
Microsoft for unfair practices involving its Windows Interface
Source Environment (WISE) licensing program, which gave Bristol
access to Windows source code….”

While Hall determined Microsoft used unfair tactics to gain
advantage in the Unix market similar to those it used against
America Online subsidiary Netscape Communications in the Web
browser market, there may be little carryover to other
cases.


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