A Little Legal Relief For Microsoft

Microsoft received a bit of good news earlier, as an appeals court ruling has barred people who bought their software directly from Microsoft, from filing suits for antitrust violations. This does not affect a previous case in which Microsoft has to pay more than $1 billion to settle other class-action suits.

"In addition to claims of being overcharged, the plaintiffs in the case had claimed that they were harmed by the lack of competitive technologies that resulted from Microsoft's anticompetitive actions. However, both the appeals court and the earlier lower court ruling by Maryland District Court Judge J. Frederick Motz rejected their ability to pursue such claims under federal law."