Feeds

MS gets into trouble with another judge

For some reason, he's been implying to the attorneys that their client is outrageously arrogant...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Reducing security risks from open source software

It's the week for judges to shout at Microsoft, apparently. The other day Judge Jackson told the company's lawyers off for talking out of class (Earlier Shout), and yesterday another one, in Seattle this time, told another set of lawyers to go and talk their client into behaving reasonably. This one is what you might call the other, other, other, other lawsuit (count them up). Microsoft is being sued by contract workers (Contractors sue MS) over its efforts to withhold employee benefits from them. New contracts introduced in July require contract workers to waive any payments a court might order as a result of legal action in progress on behalf of contractors, many of whom have worked for Microsoft for rather a long time. Yesterday District Judge John Coughenour heard the beginnings of an argument in favour of the new wording by Microsoft attorney James Oswald, but cut him off after the first ten minutes. Microsoft's lawyers should, he said, go away and suggest to their client that it "do the right thing." This doesn't sound optimistic for Microsoft's case. The judge went on, apparently speculating about what he might have heard in court if the lawyers had been sensible, rather than just going through the motions of supporting a suicidal strategy their client was hell-bent on. "I thought I might hear that this was done by somebody without advice of counsel," he said. "I thought I might hear that even if counsel was involved, that upon reflection and with 20-20 hindsight some might perceive this as being outrageously arrogant." The hapless attorneys have until week Tuesday to come back with a more suitable pitch. ® Complete Register trial coverage

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.