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The judge in Microsoft's least publicised lawsuit has ruled that Connecticut's attorney general can offer comments supporting Bristol Technologies' action against Microsoft. District Judge Janet Hall overruled Microsoft's objections yesterday, and said that state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal could file a 'friend of the court' document in support of Bristol. Bristol is asking for a preliminary injunction against Microsoft compelling the company to carry on giving it access to NT source code on reasonable terms. Bristol, which has a relationship with Microsoft going back to 1991, says Microsoft is now going back on the deal in order to limit competition from Unix. The company's Wind/U product makes it possible for applications developed for the Win32 API to run on Unix operating systems, and therefore increases Unix application availability. Bristol says Microsoft is now demanding unreasonably high royalties, while Microsoft retorts that Bristol is trying to get the court to impose a preferential contract on it. ® See also: Bristol files reply in Microsoft suit Click for more stories

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