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[News] Microsoft Fires Many Lawyers, Still Has a Lot to Pay for

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft Fires Many Lawyers, Still Has a Lot to Pay for
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 23:21:16 +0000
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Microsoft's lawyers will be busy in the next few months

,----[ Quote ]
| But thereâs been relatively little coverage 
| as of late about whatâs going on with the 
| Novell antitrust suit filed in 2004 against 
| Microsoft over WordPefect. In June 2005, the 
| trial court granted Microsoftâs motion to 
| dismiss four of six claims of the complaint. 
| Both parties appealed, and in October 2007, 
| the court of appeals affirmed the decision 
| of the trial court, and remanded the case to 
| that court for further proceedings. Fact 
| discovery has closed and summary judgment 
| motions were filed in October 2009
| The latest is that a hearing has been set 
| for January 22, 2010, before Judge Motz in 
| the Federal District Court in Baltimore, to 
| present oral arguments on Microsoftâs motion 
| for summary judgment, a Microsoft 
| spokesperson told me late last week.
| The 10-Q also mentions âover 50 other patent 
| infringement cases pending against 
| Microsoft, 10 of which are set for trial in 
| fiscal year 2010,â Among those on the list:
| [...]
| Microsoftâs 10-Q notes that as of September 
| 30, 2009, Microsoft had accrued aggregate 
| liabilities of $700 million and $400 million 
| in other long-term liabilities fo all of the 
| contingent cases described above.



Microsoft Legal Eagles Bit By Recession Bug

,----[ Quote ]
| There's no indication if the 450 lawyers who
| were axed are part of the 5K that Microsoft
| was going to let go, but I'm guessing it is.


Microsoft cuts back legal budget by 15% due to recession

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| Microsoft's legal department has seen its
| legal budget cut by 15% over the last 18
| months, leading to a 5% reduction in
| headcount, according to the software giant's
| general counsel, Brad Smith.


Are there more layoffs in Microsoft's future?

,----[ Quote ]
| That inaudible clause, according to my notes, was âI donât see any potential
| for us to lower our expenses for the rest of this year.â
| So does all that mumbo-jumbo translate to no more layoffs? Probably â at
| least for the rest of this calendar year. But not definitivelyâ.


Microsoft profits down by a third

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