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Pain and suffering from "lost innovation"

Reports Forbes (via Lattman): "Start your calculator, Bill Gates. Iowa plaintiff lawyers want Microsoft to pay pain-and-suffering-like damages to consumers of Microsoft products. Microsoft's actions, according to the plaintiffs, have denied consumers a better computing experience (remember Netscape?), so they deserve compensation for 'lost innovation' in the marketplace." The class action, one of those still left unresolved from the anti-Microsoft onslaught of the late 1990s, is being headed up by former ATLA president and Iowa lieutenant governor Roxanne Barton Conlin. (Update Mar. 2007: case settles).



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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