According to the documents seen by the London-based Financial Times, Ed Black, chief executive officer of the CCIA, took half of the $19.75 million payment Microsoft made to the association. The payment was approved by the board of the CCIA, the newspaper said.
A Microsoft spokeswoman told Silicon.com that while the company made the payment to the association, it did not have any part in saying how the money was distributed after it was paid.
"It was, of course, up to the CCIA board to decide how to use the money it received from us, and we had no involvement at all in that process," she said.
The CCIA declined to comment.
However, when Microsoft and the CCIAon Nov. 8, the software giant may have intended the cash for lawyers' pockets, not Black's. The spokeswoman said: "Microsoft agreed to make a payment to CCIA as an organization as reimbursement for certain legal and related expenditures that it had incurred."
As part of the settlement, the CCIA agreed to drop its antitrust suit against Microsoft, which had alleged that Windows XP was anticompetitive. It also agreed to drop out of acting for the European Commission in its. The Commission ruled that Microsoft should sell a version of Windows without its media player software bundled in and . Microsoft has but has asked that the rest of the penalty be suspended pending its appeal.
The EU lost another of its antitrust backers on Nov. 8, when Novell withdrew its support afterfor $536 million.
Jo Best of Silicon.com reported from London.