Classless action against
[September 4, 2002]
By Nicholas Provenzo
In another antitrust victory against Microsoft, a
Florida judge ruled last week that Microsoft software users can band
together in a class-action lawsuit to pursue antitrust claims against the
company. Other class-action suits are being pursued against Microsoft in
California, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
The premise behind the lawsuits is that Microsoft
injured the poor lowly consumer because Windows is the gold standard for
operating systems (and, well, that makes it a coercive monopoly).
According to the
California class action suit web site:
Specifically, plaintiffs allege that
Microsoft harmed all class members by using a monopoly alleged to be
unlawful to overcharge for its software and deprive consumers of a free
choice as well as the benefits of software innovation in a competitive
These class action suits confirm yet again that
antitrust is little more that a looter's game and that the original
federal antitrust suit was only the beginning of the end for Microsoft. If
you believe that consumers have a right to anything and everything they
want regardless of whether there is anyone in the market who actually
wants to do business on those terms, looting is in your blood and you
should be a class action trial lawyer. You need not read any further.
If you are like the rest of us who are hard pressed to
see how Microsoft coerced us out of anything when we freely chose to buy
Windows and you think you actually benefit from Microsoft products, you
speak up. The fact is the class action suits against Microsoft
represent a growing drain on Microsoft's resources. Microsoft can not be a
vibrant, innovative firm while simultaneously having to fend off a host of
trial lawyers. It is impossible to expect to be able to purchase great
software in a system that devours the producers of great software.
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