California Cities, Counties Sue Microsoft

“The local governments are asking a judge to make the case a class action on behalf of all California cities and counties. If a judge approves the lawsuit as a class action and Microsoft is found liable, the Redmond, Wash.-based company could be liable for many millions of dollars, perhaps billions.

“It’s anticompetitive, it’s predatory, and it denies consumers, and in this case taxpayers, the benefits of innovation that a free marketplace should provide,” said San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. “Taxpayers no less than consumers have been victimized by Microsoft’s misconduct, and we are seeking a just resolution with our lawsuit today.” “

We thought long and hard about what these cities could have done to prevent something like this, and finally came up with an answer – don’t buy Microsoft products if you think they cost too much! But seriously, does Microsoft have a monopoly in the market place? Sure, but only because we let them get to that point. Its the same with the Apple iPod, these products are popular because people buy them. If you want their price to come down, then buy Linux for your systems. It will be interesting to see how this turns out. No doubt, Microsoft will probably wind up paying billions to the state of California – all part of the plan to get the struggling economy of California out of debt right? Just teasing about that last part…

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