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Gates Set to Testify in Microsoft-Novell Antitrust Suit

Lora Bentley

Who would have thought that 13 years after Microsoft faced antitrust charges brought by the federal government - and months after U.S. officials declared the terms of the settlement agreement substantially complete - I'd be writing about another Microsoft antitrust suit? This time, Novell is making the complaint.

 

To be clear, Novell actually filed the suit several years ago, claiming Microsoft targeted Novell's WordPerfect among other programs, to protect the market for the Windows operating system. The dispute went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which rejected Microsoft's request to block the suit in 2008.

 

Then, last year, a U.S. District Court in Maryland dismissed the last two claims in Novell's lawsuit. The reprieve didn't last long, however. Novell won an appeal of that decision in May, when U.S. Court of Appeals in Virginia reinstated the suit.

 

Fast forward five months, and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is taking the witness stand in the case, according to Mashable. Gates is expected to testify regarding an email Novell claims he wrote, in which he told developers to "wait until we have a way to do a high level of integration" that would be harder for competitors to achieve. Understandably, Microsoft's defense is based on claims of innovation.


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