Judge Rules Microsoft Broke the Law

BOSTON (04/03/2000) - U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson today ruled that Microsoft Corp. violated federal antitrust laws.

Issuing his "conclusions of law" in the government's antitrust case against the software maker, Jackson ruled that "Microsoft maintained its monopoly power by anticompetitive means and attempted to monopolize the Web browser market," in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Law.

The judge also ruled that Microsoft's tying of its Internet Explorer Web browser to the Windows operating system was illegal, and found that the software maker broke various U.S. state laws as well as federal laws.

However, the judge ruled that Microsoft's marketing deals with other vendors were not unlawful.

(Details to follow.)

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