February 20, 2002

States: Microsoft used settlement to squeeze PC makers

Author: JT Smith

From NWfusion.com: "Microsoft is benefiting from the proposed settlement with the Department of Justice and nine U.S. states by using it to impose onerous licensing terms that squeeze PC makers out of their patent rights, several nonsettling states charged Tuesday.

In a filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeking rejection of the proposed settlement, the states cited testimony from a Microsoft executive to prove their claim that the settlement 'has fostered new monopolistic practices and fettered the market with new anticompetitive practices.'"

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