A US district judge has denied Microsoft's claim that Caldera cannot sue it for alleged antitrust violations outside of the US market.
In a raft of pretrial motions, Big Green had contended that the small Orem, Utah based software supplier's claim for European damages was "contrary to antitrust law" and sought to throw out the case.
Caldera accuses Microsoft of engaging in a series of illegal tactics, which started nine years ago and were intended to prevent its DR-Dos operating system (OS) from presenting a challenge to MS-Dos.
But US District Judge Dee Benson disagreed with Microsoft's contention, saying "there was a global market being affected" by its actions. He also told both sides to prepare for additional pretrial hearings in the middle of August because he wanted more time before ruling on a final summary judgement motion.
The case is expected to go to trial in January 2000, following Benson's denial last week of four pretrial motions for dismissal of Caldera's broad antitrust case against Microsoft. It is seeking damages of more than $1 billion.
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