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Jury close to verdict in $1 billion Microsoft antitrust suit

A jury in Utah reportedly said it is close to reaching a verdict in a case that could cost Microsoft $1 billion in damages. Software firm Novell filed an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft in 2004 claiming the firm had initially agreed to launch Novell’s WordPerfect program with Windows 95, but then went on to release its operating system without the word processing software. The move cost Novell $1.2 billion according to the company’s claims. Microsoft argued that Novell’s software was not stable enough and instead opted to use its own software, Microsoft Word. The Associated Press on Friday reported that the jury in the case is close to finishing deliberations, though it is unclear how soon a verdict might be announced.

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