Thursday, February 15, 2007
Microsoft And The Anti-trust Cases
It seems that there are folk out there in the wild beyond (my house) that believe that Microsoft has tried to be a monopoly. NO WAY! How could this be so??!! Let's see. You cannot have anything but windows when you buy a new machine unless you are an advanced person in computers and, believe me, I am NOT one of those. You cannot get rid of those programs that come with windows that are truly annoying, and there are several of those. You cannot change anything about a microsoft product. It is locked in, so to speak. Okay, I really don't know what I am talking about except Microsoft has made a monopoly (which even I, mostly a point and click chick, can recognize) out of it's products and several groups of people are suing the pants off of dear Microwhatever.
Micro-gates is, of course, denying the claim that they are a monopoly. Well duh! What else would they do if they didn't want to pay out millions of bucks? The claim in these cases, in Iowa and Minnesota, is that Micro is charging more because there ain't no competition. Micro is saying "Nay. We are the Knights of Honesty and Compassion and we would never charge more than the market would tolerate!"
The fact that micro is or has faced 206 class-action lawsuits since 2000 should have no bearing on what people tend to believe about them, don't you think? Maybe I am being a tad unfair to them. NAH!!
Oh say, about that Minnesota case, even though the lawyers went after $300 million, the case was settled for $174.5 million. Not a bad piece of change. Those people in that class action suit must have gotten a pretty penny out of that. Well, the lawyers got roughly $59.4 million. Here's the kicker...you knew there was one, right?...the six clients of the lawyers got...ready???......$5000 a piece. SAY WHAT? Okay, you got me. Where did the rest of the cash go? Here is the story. You tell me cuz I dunno where it went. It was just gone.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) on Wednesday settled a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of Iowans who bought the company's programs between 1994 and 2006. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
The lawsuit sought more than $330 million from Microsoft for allegedly engaging in monopolistic and anticompetitive conduct that caused customers to pay more for software than they would have if there had been competition.
I have to say that something like this could actually drive somebody crazy...if they thought about it too much, which I won't because I have had enough and it's time to go.