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Case Studies

Liability Cases

Class Action Cases Against Microsoft

Antitrust, liability, causation, damages, and class certification for plaintiffs

An end-consumer class of individuals and businesses in California sued Microsoft for monopoly overcharges on the Windows operating system, as well as MS Word and MS Excel applications. The case was originally filed in early 1999, nearly a year before Judge Jackson…

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Datel Holdings Ltd. et al. v. Microsoft Corporation

Antitrust, Liability

Gamers will retain access to aftermarket peripheral devices for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 video game console as a result of a settlement between Microsoft and Datel. Owners of Datel memory units were surprised to find, that a required software patch for Xbox 360 rendered…

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Unocal Liability

Liability, Antitrust

Unocal influenced California regulators to adopt regulations that, unbeknownst to regulators, conferred monopoly power upon Unocal.  applEcon helped California gasoline consumers to win a settlement of $48 million.

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IBM v. Platform Solutions and t3 Technologies

Antitrust, Intellectual property for defendant

t3 Technologies (t3) alleged IBM misused intellectual property rights and tied operating systems licenses to hardware, thereby maintaining its monopoly over mainframe hardware. applEcon, working in close coordination with t3’s lawyers, provided evidence and analyses…

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Opposition to MDL Settlement of All U.S. Microsoft Antitrust Claims

Antitrust, liability, causation, damages, and class certification for plaintiffs

applEcon was instrumental in preventing a settlement of all private U.S. antitrust claims against Microsoft by showing that the proposed settlement was anticompetitive, inadequate, and unworkable for the impoverished schools it purported to help.

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