Novell’s $1.3 billion antitrust suit against Microsoft ends in hung jury

7-year-old suit claims Microsoft tried to sabotage Novell’s desktop application business

Just in time to get home for the holidays, after three days of deliberation, a 12-member jury told a judge last Friday that they were unable to reach a decision in Novell’s antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft.

The $1.3 billion suit, Novell Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation, was filed in November 2004 in the U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City. The lawsuit claimed that Microsoft took advantage of its stranglehold on the PC operating system (OS) market to injure Novell’s desktop applications business.

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