immediate release --November 5, 1999.
Contact Bob Brammer, 515-281-6699
of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller
on Judge Jackson's Microsoft Findings
General Miller is head of the 19-State Microsoft Working Group executive
Our first reading
indicates that on almost every important point, the Court has very largely
accepted the evidence and factual record put forward by the States and
These findings are
crucial. The States and US Justice alleged that Microsoft has a monopoly,
has illegally abused and extended its monopoly, and has harmed consumers.
Now these facts are no longer only allegations by the plaintiffs, but
soundly documented findings of the Court. The facts and the findings speak
With other State Attorneys
General, I am most gratified by the Court's finding of harm to consumers.
That's the bottom line for State Attorneys General, who fight every day
to protect the interest of consumers throughout the nation. Judge Jackson
found that many of Microsoft's actions "harmed consumers in ways
that are immediate and easily discernible." (Par. 409.)
The Court has found
that Microsoft practices have harmed consumers by undermining and distorting
competition, choking off innovation, causing higher consumer prices, and
reducing consumer choice. Now the Court's strong findings keep open a
full range of possible means to remedy the harm to consumers and competition.
The Court's findings
in this case affirm that consumers and competitors in the digital age
are not left without protection of the Nation's antitrust laws. This is
a decisive win for competition, consumers and innovation.
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