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Win - MS: Judge blocks Microsoft from banking Utah software piracy winnings
Microsoft Law An appeals court has temporarily rescued a small Utah software distributor from the legal clutches of Microsoft by throwing out an earlier decision that confirmed software piracy charges.

A judge for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals wrote that too much doubt surrounds Microsoft's case against MBC Enterprises for the court to back up a previous decision (from a district court) granting Microsoft summary judgment in the matter.
Published Jan 04, 2005 - 06:28 PM
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Win - MS: EU Judge limits bundling options, rejects MS's bid to suspend sanctions
Microsoft Law A judge's ruling that Microsoft Corp. must comply with sanctions imposed by the European Commission while pursuing an appeal of them may affect the company's ability to bundle new technology into its operating system, according to analysts.

In a decision issued Dec. 22, Bo Vesterdorf, president of the European Union's Court of First Instance, rejected Microsoft's request that the antitrust sanctions be suspended until its appeal is considered -- a process that is expected to take as long as five years.
Published Jan 04, 2005 - 10:08 AM
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Win - MS: Spinning Microsoft's EU Troubles
Microsoft Law Although no one expects a "Reduced" Windows version -- without Media Player but for the same price -- to inspire a lot of sales, the CFI's ruling "means the company is now being told the way in which it can and cannot market its products,"

Brophy added. "I think they can no longer take the view that they have a free hand. Instead, the company's dominant position comes with extraordinary responsibilities to package their products in certain ways," Brophy said. "Once that precedent is out there, it can be used around the world. This is a serious setback for them."
Published Dec 31, 2004 - 11:44 AM
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Win - MS: More Court Dates for microsoft
Microsoft Law It's bad enough for Microsoft that a European judge ruled on Dec. 22 that the software giant will have to disclose proprietary technical information to rivals and sell a version of Windows with its audio and video player stripped out. But the ruling's real damage is far more subtle.

Microsoft had hoped that it would win a modest point, a setback for the European Commission that would bring it back to the negotiating table. But its victory was so sweeping that the EC has little impetus to resume talks. And that means Microsoft will continue to slog this case out in court.
Published Dec 29, 2004 - 11:10 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft Antitrust Settlement Dollars Going Largely Unclaimed
Microsoft Law California companies and consumers who purchased Microsoft PC software may be leaving more than $1 billion on the table as a deadline for filing in a California class action approaches.

The Settlement Recovery Center (SRC), which assists businesses and non-profits making claims in class actions, said less than one million claims out of a potential 14 million claims have been filed as of Monday in the California case. The deadline for filing is Jan. 8.
Published Dec 28, 2004 - 12:37 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft Notebook: Fiction foreshadows reality in EU case
Microsoft Law After months of anticipation, a judge last week rejected Microsoft Corp.'s bid to suspend two key European antitrust remedies. But long before that, a separate case involving a company called Macrosoft provided some reliable clues to the decision.

That was the thinly veiled name of the imaginary corporation in a fictional antitrust case concocted by London's Financial Times newspaper.
Published Dec 27, 2004 - 11:05 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft Loses Bid to Suspend EU Antitrust Order
Microsoft Law Microsoft Corp. must sell a version of Windows without a music and video player and license proprietary information to competitors after a European Union court rejected the company's bid to suspend an antitrust order.

The world's largest software maker's request to delay the commission's measures pending an appeal was ``dismissed in its entirety,'' Bo Vesterdorf, president of the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg, said today.
Published Dec 22, 2004 - 10:02 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft awaits ruling on antitrust
Microsoft Law Microsoft renewed its offer Monday to resume negotiations with the European Union in their five-year antitrust battle, saying it would do so immediately after a court rules this week on whether to suspend an order forcing the software giant to change its business practices.

The Luxembourg-based European Court of First Instance will rule Wednesday on whether to stay the EU's March order pending an appeal by Microsoft. The U.S. company has said the willingness to get back around the table in the wake of the ruling will be just as important.
Published Dec 21, 2004 - 03:50 PM
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Win - MS: EU Decision on Microsoft Appeal Due This Week
Microsoft Law A European Union judge will hand down his decision on a key Microsoft Corp. appeal on Wednesday afternoon, the registrar of the EU's Court of First Instance said on Monday.

The court will confirm the date in a statement issued later on Monday, according to the registrar. The CFI will make publicly available Judge Bo Vesterdorf's decision on whether to grant Microsoft a reprieve from antitrust penalties imposed earlier this year by the European Competition Commission.
Published Dec 20, 2004 - 11:02 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft Wants to Resume Talks With EU
Microsoft Law Microsoft Corp. hopes an impending court ruling on its five-year antitrust battle with the European Union will bring both sides back to the negotiating table, but EU regulators still balk at resuming direct negotiations, officials said Thursday.

The European Court of First Instance is expected to decide by Monday whether to stay pending appeal the EU's March order for Microsoft to change its business practices and pay a euro497 million (US$666 million) fine, lawyers said.
Published Dec 16, 2004 - 01:17 PM
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Win - MS: EU vs Microsoft: court verdict nears
Microsoft Law A European Union court is expected soon to deliver an eagerly awaited ruling into an appeal by US software giant Microsoft against swingeing EU anti-trust sanctions.

The Court of First Instance, the EU's second-highest court, has indicated that a verdict may come as early as Friday on whether the sanctions should be suspended pending a broader appeal against the EU executive's entire case.
Published Dec 15, 2004 - 09:31 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft sues eight resellers over dodgy stickers
Microsoft Law Microsoft has announced it's suing eight PC resellers over claims they have been attaching Certificates of Authenticity (COA) to non-genuine Microsoft products.

The COAs are usually labels which come attached to a PC or piece of software to indicate it's a real Microsoft product. Following a sting operation, Redmond found several resellers attaching the COAs to counterfeit products or using counterfeit COAs.
Published Dec 02, 2004 - 11:37 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft, EU see pre-Christmas antitrust ruling
Microsoft Law Microsoft Corp., which was ruled an illegal monopolist by the European Union in March, will learn next month whether it can wait years before complying with an EU order to sell a stripped-down version of Windows and disclose information on the operating system to competitors.

Judge Bo Vesterdorf is expected to decide by Dec. 20 whether to suspend the EU order for Microsoft to change business practices and pay a $646 million fine, lawyers said.
Published Nov 28, 2004 - 05:12 PM
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Win - MS: EU MS Antitrust Judge to keep testimoney from former allies
Microsoft Law A European Union judge said Thursday he will continue to take into account testimony from the EU's biggest former allies in its antitrust case against Microsoft Corp., an indication their desertion would not affect the case.

At the closed-door meeting, Judge Bo Vesterdorf said he would render a decision on whether to suspend the EU order for Microsoft to change it business practices as well as pay a $646 million fine by Christmas, likely between Dec. 18-20, officials said.
Published Nov 25, 2004 - 10:15 AM
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Win - MS: EU Say Microsoft Case Remains Intact
Microsoft Law The European Union insisted Wednesday its antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. remains intact despite a surprise meeting called by the judge following the desertion of two of the EU's biggest allies.

"Just the fact that certain parties have withdrawn from the proceedings doesn't change the facts of the case at all," said EU antitrust spokesman Jonathan Todd. "Hence the proceedings will follow their normal course at the court."
Published Nov 24, 2004 - 11:22 AM
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Win - MS: EU Judge sets Thursday meeting in Microsoft antitrust matter
Microsoft Law Judge Bo Vesterdorf, presiding over Microsoft's request to the European Court of First Instance, set a closed meeting for Thursday to discuss "procedural matters," court spokesman Christopher Fretwell said.

The court president's call for a meeting comes just a few weeks after Novell and the Computer and Communications Industry Association reached settlements with Microsoft. As part of the settlements, Novell and the industry trade group withdrew their assistance in the EU's case.
Published Nov 23, 2004 - 03:11 PM
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Win - MS: Novell Files Another Suit Against Microsoft
Microsoft Law Less than a week after a collecting a $536 million settlement from Microsoft Corp., Novell Inc. on Friday filed another lawsuit accusing the software giant of violating antitrust laws.

The suit, which dovetails in part off the U.S. government's antitrust case against Microsoft, claims the company used its market dominance in the mid-1990s to keep the WordPerfect word processing program and Quattro Pro spreadsheet application from gaining wider commercial acceptance.
Published Nov 12, 2004 - 02:35 PM
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Win - MS: Why MS paid Novell half a billion bucks today
Microsoft Law Microsoft paid Novell $536m today, although it might not be enough to fend off a fresh antitrust case, which Novell says it will file by the end of the week. Novell says issues relating to the WordPerfect office suite, which it briefly owned in the early-1990s, are still outstanding.

According to a Novell press release, today's settlement is "related to Novell's NetWare operating system". It's actually around a specific product, NDS for Windows NT, which Novell introduced several years ago, and which Microsoft effectively killed.
Published Nov 09, 2004 - 11:41 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft Settles With Novell, Trade Group
Microsoft Law Clearing more legal challenges, Microsoft Corp. announced important settlements Monday with rival Novell Inc. for $536 million and with a Washington-based trade organization that had aggressively backed landmark antitrust cases against Microsoft by the U.S. government and European Union.

Novell and the trade group, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, agreed to pull out of the legal case against Microsoft in the European Union, which earlier this year declared Microsoft guilty of abusing its dominant position in the technology industry. A key ruling on sanctions against Microsoft is expected as early as this month.
Published Nov 08, 2004 - 11:14 AM
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Win - MS: EU objects to Microsoft-Time Warner deal
Microsoft Law The European Commission plans to send formal charges to Microsoft and Time Warner next week, listing objections to their takeover of ContentGuard Holdings, a source close to the situation said on Friday.

The software giant and Time Warner asked the European Commission earlier this year for permission to acquire 50-50 ownership of U.S. firm ContentGuard, which makes technology to protect digital files from illegal copying.
Published Oct 29, 2004 - 11:52 AM
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