U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz on Friday dismissed 38 private antitrust cases brought against
claiming that the software maker manipulated the price of its
The lawsuits were part of 61 cases consolidated in Motz's court. The judge found against the plaintiffs, saying they purchased Windows from personal computer makers and not directly from Microsoft.
The ruling was based on a 1977
decision restricting damages against antitrust violators to direct customers of the company.
Earlier in the day, in a separate but related legal matter, several states and the
asked the U.S. Court of Appeals to
uphold Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's previous ruling to split Microsoft into two companies.