News from the Microsoft process
Darrell McGraw, Attorney General of the US state of West Virginia has now filed another lawsuit against Microsoft for violating consumer protection laws and has asked the court to sentence Microsoft to damages and sanctions.
West Virginia is one of the nine states that have not come to an agreement with Microsoft (we reported) and with its lawsuit it has made it clear that the anti-trust process should be continued made. The nine states have until Friday to notify the competent court of their proposals for sanctions against Microsoft. Microsoft had tried with the proposal to equip the poorest US schools with software for 1.6 billion US dollars to avert the pending class action lawsuits in a court in Baltimore. Even if an out-of-court settlement was reached, plaintiffs could still go to court in West Virginia due to the new lawsuit. There is also news in the legal dispute between Microsoft and the EU: afterwards, the press agency AP claims to have learned that Microsoft is urging the EU in a 102-page paper to discontinue the antitrust proceedings, since all areas of the proceedings are already through the agreement with the US Government would be covered. Just a few days ago, Microsoft had decided not to hold a hearing with the EU Commission that was scheduled for this month. Apparently, the group is also aiming for an out-of-court settlement here