Microsoft Wins Antitrust Class Action Victory

Law360, New York (April 19, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Microsoft Corporation won an important legal battle Tuesday when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that consumers who did not purchase programs directly from Microsoft cannot claim that the software giant overcharged them.

Dozens of class action plaintiffs alleged that Microsoft’s market dominance violates the Sherman and Clayton Acts, forcing customers to pay inflated prices for the company’s software.

According to David Tulchin, who represented Microsoft before the Fourth Circuit, the plaintiff’s case was three-pronged.

First, plaintiffs claimed they were overcharged. However,...
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