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California judge awards more than $100 million in attorneys fees in Microsoft case

[JURIST] A San Francisco judge has ordered Microsoft to pay $112.5 million in legal fees stemming from a $1 billion anti-trust settlement in a class-action suit involving California residents. The judge awarded late Thursday about half the amount of fees requested by the firm, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, which billed for 209,000 hours on the case.

Microsoft argued that the amount requested by firm would have resulted in a billing rate of $3,000 per hour for the lead attorney in the case, and more than $2,000 per hour for other attorneys. The San Francisco Superior Court has more on the case. CNET News has background on the settlement, which was reached in July 2003. The Washington Post has more.

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