Today AOL/Time Warner subsidiary
Netscape Communications Corp.
announced it has filed suit against Microsoft Corp. over Microsoft’s alleged anticompetitive conduct. “This anticompetitive conduct also formed the basis of the government’s antitrust case against Microsoft,” stated Netscape.
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The seven-count lawsuit, filed in United States Federal District Court in the District of Columbia, alleged that Microsoft broke the law and caused harm to Netscape beginning in 1995. Netscape’s lawyers are seeking an injunction against Microsoft “to prevent further antitrust injury” to Netscape, as well as triple damages to be determined at trial — which it might be entitled to, if Microsoft were to be found guilty.
America Online general counsel Randall J. Boe intimated that the government has already helped to prove that his company has a strong case by their own findings against Microsoft. He calls Netscape’s lawsuit “a logical extension” of those findings, which determined that Microsoft had violated existing antitrust laws.
“There is no question that Microsoft’s conduct violated the law and harmed competition and consumers. Netscape’s lawsuit seeks not only an award of damages, but for the Court to provide injunctive relief that will help restore competition on the computer desktop,” said Boe.
Boe also said that AOL/Time Warner supports the continued efforts of state attorneys general who continue to litigate against Microsoft. “The aims of Netscape’s lawsuit are entirely consistent with their efforts,” said Boe.