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California Judge Allows Class-Action Case to Proceed Against Microsoft

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A class-action case against Microsoft has been given the go-ahead by a California judge.

It's the first class-action lawsuit against the software giant to be allowed to proceed.

The suit alleges that Microsoft's monopoly has harmed California consumers.

The decision to proceed with the California suit comes three weeks after Microsoft asked a federal judge in Baltimore to dismiss or at least consolidate dozens of similar lawsuits that are pending nationwide.

Meantime, Microsoft is appealing a ruling that the company violated federal antitrust laws and must be split into two companies.

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