States Propose Remedies to Curb Microsoft's Illegal Business Practices
DES MOINES. Nine states including Iowa, and the District of Columbia today filed with the federal court in Washington, D.C., proposed remedies to curb Microsoft's illegal use of its monopoly power. In June, a unanimous Court of Appeals determined that Microsoft broke the law, and now the issue before the District Court is what is the appropriate remedy for the company's illegal acts.
"We are proposing remedies that are strong but fair," said Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.
"The remedies have been crafted to relate closely to the Court of Appeals Decision," he said. "They would achieve the objectives set forth by the Appeals Court, namely, to prohibit Microsoft's illegal conduct and prevent similar acts in the future, to spark fair competition, and to take away some of the illegal gains achieved by Microsoft. These remedies also contain a compliance mechanism that can work effectively, efficiently, and fairly."
The proposed remedies are designed to end Microsoft's stranglehold on innovation and competition in the personal computer industry that the software giant has perpetuated since it was first found guilty of being an illegal monopoly. Iowa joined California, Massachusetts, Florida, Connecticut, Utah, Kansas, West Virginia, Minnesota, and the District of Columbia in pursuing strong, enforceable remedies.
The remedies submitted Friday by the states have some similarities to those already before the court, but also differ in significant aspects. Among the significant differences are:
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For link to Remedy filing (in PDF format) go to WWW.NAAG.ORG.