Lindows Sues to Block Microsoft Foreign Injunctions

Lindows will get an early chance to convince the U.S. courts that Microsoft should not be allowed to seek legal remedies against it in foreign courts, which U.S. courts have already ruled out. Inc. has persuaded a federal district court judge to grant an expedited hearing on its motion for an injunction to thwart Microsofts international legal campaign against the Lindows name.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge John Coughenour scheduled the hearing for March 24 at U.S. Western District Court in Seattle. The hearing will consider whether to grant Lindows.coms request for an "antisuit injunction and declaration of nonenforceability of a foreign interim order" that Microsoft has obtained in Europe against the San Diego-based company. has done well in blocking Microsofts attempts to make it change its name in the United States. But in Europe, Microsoft has been successful in getting the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg (the Benelux countries) courts to stop Lindows from using its name. Microsoft has also managed to challenge Lindows.coms business in similar cases in Finland, France and Sweden.

Lindows attempted to dodge the Benelux court decision by changing its name in the region to "Lin---s" (Lindash) failed. Microsoft successfully appealed the move and Lindows has, for now, abandoned doing business in the Benelux. The company is working on changing its name in the Benelux to something completely different so it will be able resume operations in those countries.

Since is not willing to change its name, which is the foundation of the entire case, is seeking to have the U.S. courts stop Microsoft from blocking Lindows.coms use of its name in other countries. U.S. courts allowed the use of its name more than two years ago.

Judge Coughenour will preside over the hearing, in which legal teams from and Microsoft will be given 20 minutes each to present their cases. The full text of the motion is available as a PDF file on the Lindows Web site.

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