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12.12.09

Lawsuit Over Alleged Microsoft Corruption in Switzerland Escalates to Federal Court

Posted in Courtroom, Europe, Fraud, Free/Libre Software, Microsoft at 5:41 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Action that was initiated by Free software companies against government procurement has yet to bear fruit

YESTERDAY we wrote about the situation in Switzerland, noting that the “lawsuit [against government/Microsoft did] not proceed as planned”. Well, there is an update from the Open Source Observatory and Repository for European public administrations (OSOR), which says:

The settlement negotiations between eighteen domestic and foreign open source IT service vendors have failed, the Swiss Federal Department for Building and Logistics (BBL) announced on December 9. Their dispute will now go to the Swiss Federal Administrative Court.

For context and background, see the posts below.

  1. Microsoft Sued Over Its Corruption in Switzerland, Microsoft Debt Revisited
  2. Can the United Kingdom and Hungary Still be Sued for Excluding Free Software?
  3. 3 New Counts of Antitrust Violation by Microsoft?
  4. Is Microsoft Breaking the Law in Switzerland Too?
  5. Microsoft Uses Lobbyists to Attack Holland’s Migration to Free Software and Sort of Bribes South African Teachers Who Use Windows
  6. ZDNet/eWeek Ruins Peter Judge’s Good Article by Attacking Red Hat When Microsoft Does the Crime
  7. Week of Microsoft Government Affairs: a Look Back, a Look Ahead
  8. Lawsuit Against Microsoft/Switzerland Succeeds So Far, More Countries/Companies Should Follow Suit
  9. Latest Reports on Microsoft Bulk Deals Being Blocked in Switzerland, New Zealand
  10. Swiss Government and Federal Computer Weekly: Why the Hostility Towards Free Software?
  11. Switzerland and the UK Under Fire for Perpetual Microsoft Engagements
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