Microsoft Will Pay $1 Million in Legal Fees

A federal judge orders Mr. Softee to pay the money to Massachusetts, which is fighting the antitrust deal.
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will have to pay the Commonwealth of Massachusetts nearly $1 million for legal fees associated with the antitrust case against the software behemoth.

In a ruling issued Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly awarded $967,014 to Massachusetts for time spent by assistant attorneys general on the case over a six-year period, the state announced. The state was initially seeking $1,992,075, or more than twice the final award.

Massachusetts is the only state appealing the federal district court's remedy order, which largely mirrored the settlement between Microsoft and the Department of Justice. Oral arguments on the appeal are scheduled for Nov. 4.

"This case has serious implications for competition and consumers and will have a significant impact on the future direction of our economy," Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly said in a press release.

Microsoft did not immediately comment.

The other 17 states and District of Columbia who settled the case against Microsoft were awarded legal fees as part of the settlement.

If Massachusetts is successful with its appeal, its legal fees award could rise, according to Mark Ostrau, antitrust chairman at the technology law firm Fenwick & West. However, if the Commonwealth loses, than the award announced Monday would be the total it receives, he said.

Shares of Microsoft declined 99 cents, or 3.3%, at $28.97 in recent trading.