The software behemoth has made steady progress in getting beyond its, agreeing to pay up to about $2 billion to settle class-action lawsuits filed in the wake of the U.S. government case, as well as .
Still facing the company are antitrust lawsuits byand Sun Microsystems, bitter rivals who have lobbied to sanction the company.
A handful ofare also still pending around the country.
is still in an early stage, with the two sides arguing over whether it should be heard in California or in Microsoft's home state of Washington.
Real sues Microsoft
The lawsuit filed in federal court in California asks for more than a billion dollars in damages and restraints against unspecified Microsoft business tactics.
RealNetworks said Microsoft used its monopoly power to force Windows users to take Microsoft's media player, whether they wanted it or not.
. It is scheduled to go to trial before U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz in January 2006.
Sun's case builds on the, arguing that Microsoft used its market power to sabotage Sun's Java programming language.
Motz concluded in a 2002 ruling that Sun had a good chance of winning its private case against Microsoft. However, an appeals court in Richmond, Va., later reversed an order by the judge that would have.
Beyond all that, Microsoft is still slugging it out against class-action antitrust cases in five states.
In March, a judge in Minnesota is scheduled to open the first of those trials, a class-action case filed on behalf of consumers in Minnesota.
Lawyers in that case are seeking more than $400 million on behalf of consumers whom they say were overcharged by Microsoft, according to Richard Grossman, of the firm Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP.
Other cases are pending in Arizona, Iowa, New Mexico and Wisconsin, Grossman said.