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US: Judge who ruled over famous Microsoft case dies at 76

 |  June 17, 2013

Judge Penfield Jackson, a retired federal judge in Washington, has died. He was 76. Judge Jackson presided over the well-known antitrust case against Microsoft in which Jackson called the tech giant a monopoly and ruled that the company should be broken up in two; the controversial decision, made in 2000, found that Microsoft harmed competition and used faulty business practices to maintain its monopolistic position in the market. At the time, Jackson compared Microsoft’s Bill Gates to Napoleon, stating that the company founder has “an arrogance that derives from power and unalloyed success” in an interview. An appeals court reversed Jackson’s ruling a year later. Jackson is survived by his wife Patricia, who told reporters he died at his home in Maryland.

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