Microsoft Challenges Novell Claims
An attorney for Microsoft attempted to show that testimony by Novell's CTO in the case against the Redmond, Wash., software makers is biased and reflects Novell's own business strategy.WASHINGTON An attorney for Microsoft Corp. today attempted to show that testimony by a Novell Inc. executive in the case against the Redmond, Wash., software makers is biased and reflects Novells own business strategy rather than the matters of the anti-trust case. Novell Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Carl Ledbetter took the stand this morning here in the anti-trust case brought by the District of Columbia and nine states. Ledbetter testified that Microsoft acted in an anti-competitive manner to prevent Novells server software from working smoothly with Windows. He said that the proposed settlement would have no effect on Microsofts behavior because it would not require disclosure of all the technical information that rival software makers need to ensure interoperability among products. He said that the proposal put forth by the plaintiffs (the District of Columbia and the nine states that dissented from a settlement proposal previously accepted in November by Microsoft, the U.S. Department of Justice and nine other states) would largely prevent Microsoft from being able to maintain its monopoly in the desktop operating system market.
In a cross-examination of Ledbetters written testimony, Microsoft attorney Michael Lacovara grilled the Novell CTO about Novells purpose in making the assertions. He held up an email sent by a lawyer with the Utah attorney generals office, in which the lawyer tells Novell, of Provo, Utah, that "products in the classification of middleware would receive protection from certain practices of a certain operating system company."