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Judge Kills Microsoft Private Suit Settlement
In his 19-page ruling, Judge Motz said that the settlement as proposed by Microsoft, is questionable because it would innundate a section of the education market, kindergarten through high school, with Microsoft products, a part of the market that "Microsoft has not traditionally been the strongest player."
In his ruling, Judge Motz said that the settlement proposal was thinly funded and would give the Redmond, Washington company a competitive edge over its rivals in the education market. Judge Motz said the proposal might have been accepted if Microsoft agreed to fund the settlement with cash to let school administrators buy computers of their own choice rather than accepting donations of Microsoft software and refurbished computers.
Microsoft must now start anew in negotiating a settlement with those who have filed suit against the company, or fight the lawsuits in court.
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