Microsoft faces yet another legal challenge to the antitrust settlement in the US, with the state of West Virginia joining Massachusetts in a decision to appeal against the federal court ruling.
The challenge comes after US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly last month rejected efforts by nine US states, including West Virginia and Massachusetts, to split the software giant.
Darrell McGraw, Attorney General for West Virginia, explained that the state is appealing against the decision because it believes that the sanctions imposed on Microsoft were not harsh enough.
"We have preserved our appeal. No reputable government should plead poverty and allow an adjudicated lawbreaker to retain their ill-gotten gains," he said in a statement.
Specifically, McGraw argued that the antitrust settlement failed to impose sanctions that would "remedy the unlawful co-mingling of computer software code that the federal court of appeals specifically agreed was an antitrust violation".
The state of Massachusetts announced its intention to appeal earlier in the week.
None of the other nine states involved in the original action are expected to follow.
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