“Microsoft Corp. developed policies stressing the systematic destruction of internal e-mails and other documents crucial to lawsuits it has faced in recent years, a California software company alleges,” Foster Klug reports for The Associated Press. “Burst.com, in court papers unsealed this week, also accuses Microsoft of destroying e-mails crucial to Burst’s lawsuit against the software giant even after the trial judge ordered it to retain the documents.”
“Burst had previously claimed that Microsoft deleted e-mails it needed for evidence. But the unsealed 50-page motion, filed Oct. 29, provides new details, Burst says, of ‘institutional policies’ by Microsoft ‘to make sure that incriminating documents disappeared.’ Burst is suing Microsoft for alleged anticompetitive behavior, saying Microsoft misappropriated the intellectual property behind its multimedia software after breaking off talks with Burst on a joint project,” Klug reports.
“Burst, according to the motion, wants the jury in the case to be told that Microsoft failed to retain important documents, so jurors should infer that the company did so because those documents were damaging. ‘Critical e-mails have been destroyed and will never be recovered. We’ve tried; they’re gone forever,’ said Burst’s lead attorney, Spencer Hosie. ‘This is the only remedy that’s left open to us,'” Klug reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft destroying evidence to protect themselves? Unthinkable! Microsoft making sure that incriminating documents crucial to lawsuits disappeared? Impossible! Microsoft employing anticompetitive behavior and misappropriating intellectual property? Preposterous! Other companies maybe, but not Microsoft, not the company that inspired the world with the wonderful Windows operating system and gifted the glorious Internet Explorer to Windows and even Mac users alike. It’s just too unbelievable!