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Microsoft settles with Novell, CCIA

[JURIST] Novell Inc. announced Monday that it has agreed to a settlement with Microsoft Corp. over antitrust issues. The dispute involved Novell's NetWare, an operating system with which Novell had hoped to compete with Microsoft's Windows. The two companies agreed that Microsoft will pay Novell $536 million in cash. Novell has plans for an additional antitrust suit regarding competitive practices with Novell's WordPerfect word processing software. Read Novell's press release here, and Microsoft's release here. Also Monday, Microsoft settled with the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) in an agreement under which the CCIA undertook not to seek Supreme Court review in its challenge to the US government's antitrust case against Microsoft. The CCIA also agreed it would not further participate as intervener on behalf of the European Commission in Microsoft's appeal of that body's antitrust ruling against it. Reuters has more. Read Microsoft's press release here.

UPDATE: AFP reports Microsoft is planning a news conference regarding the two settlements at 4 PM CET.

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