AOL Time-Warner is to sue Microsoft through its Netscape Communications subsidiary. The company is seeking damages resulting from Microsoft’s anticompetitive conduct against Netscape, which formed the basis of the US government’s antitrust case against Microsoft. America Online acquired Netscape Communications in 1999.
AOL Time Warner, through its Netscape Communications subsidiary, has launched a civil suit to seek redress for Microsoft’s anticompetitive conduct against Netscape. This anticompetitive conduct also formed the basis of the government’s antitrust case against Microsoft. A Federal District Court concluded on June 7, 2000, and the Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed on June 28th, 2001, that Microsoft’s behavior violated the antitrust laws and had harmed Netscape.
The seven-count lawsuit alleges that, beginning in 1995, Microsoft harmed Netscape in a series of illegal acts aimed at promoting Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser at the expense of Netscape Navigator. The suit seeks injunctive relief sufficient to prevent further antitrust injury to Netscape, and an award of treble damages to be determined at trial.
In a statement Microsoft said AOL purchased Netscape for $10 billion, and basically squandered that asset. And now they want to blame Microsoft for their own mismanagement.