Remaining Novell antitrust complaints against Microsoft dismissed

Remaining Novell antitrust complaints against Microsoft dismissed

Summary: Novell's victory on March 30 in a longstanding Unix patent case with SCO overshadowed another court ruling on March 30 involving the Utah-based company. The U.S. District Court in Maryland dismissed the last two outstanding antitrust claims Novell filed against Microsoft in 2004 involving WordPerfect and Quattro Pro, two software products Novell owned between 1994 and 1996.

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Novell's victory on March 30 in a longstanding Unix patent case with SCO overshadowed another court ruling on March 30 involving the Utah-based company.

The U.S. District Court in Maryland dismissed the last two outstanding antitrust claims Novell filed against Microsoft in 2004 involving WordPerfect and Quattro Pro, two software products Novell owned between 1994 and 1996.

Back in 2004, Novell settled one potential antitrust suit with Microsoft involving NetWare for $536 million. But Novell refused to settle with Microsoft WordPerfect and Quattro Pro at that time.

Novell claimed Microsoft withheld interoperability information it needed to enable those products to run well on Windows. Microsoft tried to get Novell’s complaint dismissed, claiming that it was Novell’s “own mismanagement and poor business decisions” that tanked WordPerfect and Quattro Pro. Plus, Microsoft argued, since Novell sold WordPerfect to Corel now 12 years ago, their claims should be barred under the Statute of Limitations. Four of Novell's claims in this matter had previously been dismissed. But two were allowed to go forward.

Here's a copy of the March 30, 2010 ruling dismissing Novell's remaining antitrust complaints. (Thanks to TechFlash for the link).

“We are pleased and gratified by the court’s ruling," said Kevin Kutz, Director of Public Affairs with Microsoft.

Update (April 1): Novell says it is planning to appeal the decision. The official company statement: "As contemplated in the Court’s decision, Novell does intend to seek appellate court review. Novell remains confident in the fundamental validity of its claims and is pleased the court’s ruling also independently recognizes the same."

Topics: Security, Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Open Source, Software

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • that's crooked justice!

    even a preschooler knows that M$ was quilty.
    Linux Geek
    • ....

      [i]even a preschooler knows that M$ was quilty.[/i]

      quilty? M$ is "Quilty"? ROFL

      you're probably right... a preschooler might know that "M$" was quilty. Ya know, Firefox has a built in spell checker.
      Badgered
    • Cottony soft too?

      They're quilty because they are MS? There is no chance that THIS particular charge has no merit?

      So ALL charges brought against MS are true, on you planet, and MS should just keep paying damages until they die? Right - Your opinions on ALL OS's are now easily dismissed.
      Fark
    • And all this time...

      ...I thought Redmond was into [i]MAC[/i]ram? envy.
      flatliner
    • That's prejudice! (Another form of bigotry)

      Have you noticed the pattern that some people with an ABM (Anything But Microsoft) attitude also appear to mimic those of preschoolers?

      Especially the juvenile '$' instead of the proper letter 'S'? ;)

      [i]~~~~~~~~~~
      Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked.
      ~ Warren Buffett[/i]
      WinTard
  • Wow, Apple is lucky Novell lost that one!!!

    [i]Novell claimed Microsoft withheld interoperability
    information it needed to enable those products to run
    well on Windows.[/i]

    Yikes, if companies were able to sue others for
    withholding interoperability information then Apple could
    be sued by every single browser maker and media manager
    maker in the world for not allowing browsers and media
    managers on the iPhone. Steve Jobs must be breathing a
    HUGE sigh of relief!!!
    NonZealot
    • Apple is not a monopoly

      Rules are not same for company who holds 5% of market and for company who holds 90% of the market.

      Monopolistic company can destroy competition by playing dirty, while small company is hurting itself by playing dirty.

      For example, I think that both Apple and Microsoft are awful companies. But while I will never buy any of Apple iCrap, I was forced to give money to Microsoft couple of times just because there was no choice.
      gnufreex
      • Ah, but they are!

        Apple owns 100% share of the market of computers that are able to run OSX.

        Whilst they got away with this when their machines were largely proprietary, I wonder how long it'll be until they have to answer to why they do not allow their OS to run on any other PC since their own machines are, these days, basically PC's in pretty boxes.

        The fact that Apple have hunted down and eradicated anyone who came even close to competing with their hardware line is, in my view, cause for an investigation.
        de-void-21165590650301806002836337787023
  • Novell spokesman: "We are going to appeal the decision"

    fyi,

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/microsoft/archives/200109.asp
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, Linux Advocate
  • Novell vs SCO was about copyrights, not patents

    SCO never had any UNIX patents. This was all about whether it had managed to snatch the original AT&T UNIX copyrights from Novell.
    Zogg
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