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Microsoft sued

The Justice Department and 20 state attorneys general file antitrust lawsuits against Microsoft after the weekend collapse of last-minute negotiations.

Special coverage May 18, 1998
5 p.m. PT
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Lawsuits by the Justice Department and 20 state attorneys general draw global reaction.

Microsoft sued First shots follow suits
lead story Microsoft and regulators lash out at each other as the action is filed.

Microsoft trial date: Sept. 8
update A federal judge combines two lawsuits and sets a trial date.

Suits could take years
The antitrust actions now enter a tedious process that could take years to complete.

Internal memos cited
update The federal case centers on alleged quotes by Microsoft and PC executives.

Beyond the browser
Other software, such as Windows NT and Microsoft Office, could be vulnerable.

Objection from Redmond
Bill Gates says the lawsuits will hurt consumers, the industry, and the economy.

Windows 98 released
update After a brief delay, Microsoft ships the new Windows to PC makers.

Industry split on lawsuits
Reaction to parallel antitrust lawsuits filed against Microsoft has been swift on both sides.

Text of DOJ's action
The full text of the complaint filed by the Justice Department against Microsoft.

Text of state suit
The full text of the lawsuit filed by the 20 states and the District of Columbia.

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Windows NT next for DOJ?Microsoft's NT has evaded scrutiny, but that could change as new features are added to the server software.

 previous coverage
 • Last-minute talks collapse roundup
 • Guessing game for Microsoft roundup
 • Looming suits hit Microsoft shares
 • Microsoft on schedule for Windows 98 roundup
 • More antitrust suits for Microsoft?
 • DOJ explores curbs on Microsoft
 • Sun questioned in MS probe
 • Face off: Gates, enemies clash on Capitol Hill
See special coverage: Face-off A Senate hearing on industry competition becomes a forum for Microsoft critics from Silicon Valley to Washington.
 • Microsoft case in court
See special report: 	 MS-DOJ case in court Microsoft is dealt a legal setback in the first round of the Justice Department's suit and softens its public stance.
 • Microscope on Microsoft
Microscope on MicrosoftThe Justice Department charges Microsoft with violating a 1995 consent decree on the licensing of Internet Explorer and Windows 95.
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Joel Klein, U.S. assistant attorney general


William Neukom, Microsoft senior VP