The US Supreme Court has rejected Novell's 10-year-old case against Microsoft that accused it of damaging the WordPerfect business.
A very brief note on the Court's pages says that the decision not to go ahead did not involve the chief justice. "The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied," it said. "The chief justice took no part in the consideration or decision of this petition."
Novell was seeking $1bn damages that it says it lost in the two-year period between 1994 and 1996, due to Microsoft's anti-competitive activities. Novell said Microsoft had delayed the launch of Windows 95 to deliberately crush competition, while Microsoft said the decision was made purely so the firm had more time to decide which features to include in the operating system.
When Novell acquired WordPerfect in 1994, it was popular software. But by the time Microsoft released Windows 95 and Word 95, WordPerfect was falling into decline, and when Novell came to sell the business in 1996, WordPerfect's share of the word-processing market had fallen from 50 percent in 1990 to 10 percent. Microsoft's share grew from 20 percent before 1990 to 90 percent in 1996.
The firm had not responded to a request for comment from V3 on the Supreme Court's decision.
When it launched its case a decade ago Novell said it was important to protect the business, regardless of when it is threatened. Joseph A LaSala, Jr, Novell's senior vice president and general counsel, said at the time: "While this lawsuit is unrelated to Novell's current business, the claims are important and hold considerable value for Novell."
Microsoft said: “We’re happy this case is now over for good and think it shows we’ll persistently defend ourselves from lawsuits we think are meritless.”
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