CCIA Takes Microsoft Case to Europe
CCIA claims Microsoft has violated European Union competitive laws with its Windows XP operating system.Having been rebuffed in U.S. courts, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) has taken its case to Europe. CCIA filed a complaint with the European Commission claiming that Microsoft has violated European Union competitive laws with its Windows XP operating system. The European Commission enforces EU antitrust laws. In a 260 page complaint, the CCIA lays out its case that Microsoft is using its dominance in PC operating systems, browsers and office applications to unfairly push into new markets, such as audio and video streaming, e-mail client software, instant messaging software, server operating systems, Web services, consumer Internet portals, authentication services, handheld and smart phone operating systems, and server operating systems.
A U.S. federal judge denied the CCIAs request to intervene in the ongoing antitrust suit against the software giant. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly struck down the organizations attempt to intervene in the case, asking for stronger sanctions against Microsoft in the landmark antitrust case.