Jury continues deliberations in $1B Microsoft suit

December 16, 2011 By PAUL FOY , Associated Press
In this Nov. 21, 2011 photo, Bill Gates arrives to testify at the Frank E. Moss federal courthouse in Salt Lake City. Closing arguments are set Tuesday Dec. 13,2011 in a $1 billion federal antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp. Novell Inc. claims the software giant duped it into working on a new version of the WordPerfect writing program only to withdraw support months before Microsoft's Windows 95 was released. Novell claims it was later forced to sell WordPerfect for a $1 billion loss. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart,File)

(AP) -- Jurors continue deliberations in a Utah company's $1 billion federal antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp.

The panel previously indicated it was near a verdict, but as Friday dragged on, an outcome became less clear.

Court officials say jurors are divided. The judge has denied a request from one juror to be removed from the case, and ordered all 12 to continue deliberating.

Novell Inc. sued in 2004, claiming Microsoft duped it into developing a WordPerfect writing program version for Windows 95 only to pull the plug so Microsoft could gain market share with its own Word program. Microsoft says Novell just couldn't deliver a compatible product in time.

The judge says he will ask jurors if they want to deliberate into the weekend. The trial began in Salt Lake City in October.

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