Microsoft accused of ‘systematic destruction of internal email, other documents crucial to lawsuits’

“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!

24 Comments

  1. “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.”

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  2. This country’s economy would improve if those damn democratic judges would punish those small (and therefore evil!) corporations, and protect the God-fearing, hardworking people over at Microsoft! They’re honest! They’re geniuses! Everything they do is so new, and so honest. And, what’s more (so much more!) they’re windows don’t even look good- which proves that they aren’t supporting gay rights! Buy the ugly and move jobs overseas, and America can become again the nation it once was . . .

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    Huh?

    Who?

    What?

    I don’t, umm…

    I have never had sexual relations with… no, wait, that was something else…

    What was the question again?

    There is NO EVIDENCE of ANY wrongdoing. So there.

  4. I can’t seem to get worked up about this. Are companies meant to keep all emails ? Surely the company I work for isn’t going to want to store the email I sent yesterday with the PDF of the ticket I need to print to get myself into Apple Expo on Friday ? (My laser printer refuses to work and my inkjet, despite having plenty of black ink, refuses to print a black & white document because it has no colour ink. Grrr! No more Epsons for me).

    Every now and then, I’ll delete all mails older than a year because they’re simply no use to me any more. Is the company meant to archive them somewhere ? What about spam ?

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