AOL's Netscape Sues Microsoft For Antitrust Damages

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AOL Time Warner Inc.'s Internet browser unit Netscape filed a lawsuit on Tuesday seeking damages from rival Microsoft Corp. for its anti-competitive behavior.

The seven-count lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said Netscape suffered harm by Microsoft's unfair promotion of its own Internet Explorer browser.

In June 2001, a U.S. appeals court upheld a ruling in a government suit against Microsoft that the company illegally used its monopoly in personal computer operating systems to extend its dominance.

The U.S. Justice Department and nine states have reached a proposed settlement of the government's antitrust suit against Microsoft. Nine other states are seeking stiffer penalties against the software giant.

Netscape's suit seeks injunctive relief to prevent further anti-competitive behavior and treble damages to be determined at trial. Netscape was acquired by Internet service provider AOL in 1999.

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