immediate release --July 17, 1998.
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Attorneys General Tighten Focus of
is a statement from the Iowa Attorney General's Office:
Microsoft Complaint for Upcoming Trial
The Attorneys General from Iowa and 19 other states and the District of
Columbia today tightened the focus in the States' antitrust case against
the Microsoft Corporation by filing an amended Complaint in Federal District
Court. The amended Complaint sharpens the allegations in preparation for
the trial on the merits, which is scheduled to commence September 8.
Based on ongoing discovery,
the States allege that Microsoft engaged in a variety of anti- competitive
practices that were unlawful in their own right and as part of an illegal
scheme to maintain its Windows operating system monopoly. These practices,
according to the amended Complaint, included an attempt to divide markets,
illegal tying, restrictive license agreements, and exclusive contracts.
The States assert that Microsoft's overall purpose was to protect the
enormous profits generated by the company's Windows operating system monopoly
from the competitive threat posed by Internet web browsing technology.
The amended Complaint
also severs the claim relating to Microsoft's conduct regarding Office
productivity suites. The amended Complaint was filed as a result of time
and witness limitations set by the court for the September 8 trial.
The amended Complaint
allows the States to devote their full resources to preparing for trial
on Microsoft's conduct relating to web browsers and operating systems
while continuing their investigation into Microsoft's conduct regarding
Office productivity suites. Subpoenas are being served on Microsoft this
week as part of the States' ongoing investigation into Office productivity
Attorney General Tom
Miller commented: "We are pleased that Judge Jackson agreed with
the States' request to put this case on a fast track. Our trial in September
needs to focus on the time-sensitive bundling and marketing of Microsoft's
browser and Windows 98. The Office productivity suites claim, though very
important, is not as time-sensitive as the issues concerning Windows 98.
We can better address Office productivity suite issues in a separate action
when there is sufficient time to fully prepare the case."
The named plaintiffs
in the lawsuit include California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa,
Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota,
New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Utah, West
Virginia, and Wisconsin, as well as the District of Columbia.
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