Breaking Legal News - POSTED: 2007/09/16 17:23
The Fire District charges Microsoft with engaging in "anticompetitive and monopolistic practices" and is seeking a jury trial. Attorneys for the Fire District are asking the court to open the case to all governing bodies in Arizona, giving it class action status.
The Fire District quietly filed the claim earlier this summer in Arizona state court in Maricopa County. Last week, Microsoft asked the federal U.S. District Court for Arizona to take over the case.
The Fire District is repeating many of the claims made against Microsoft by the Department of Justice and attorneys general on behalf of consumers in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The allegations center on charges that Microsoft used its monopoly position to overcharge for software applications such as word processors and spreadsheets. Under the settlements, Microsoft has agreed to issue millions of dollars worth of product vouchers to affected buyers.
Microsoft officials were not immediately available for comment.
Word of the action comes as Microsoft faces ongoing antitrust scrutiny in Europe. On Monday, Europe's second highest court rejected Microsoft's appeal of almost $1 billion in fines imposed on the company by trustbusters at the European Commission.