Feeds

Bristol update: MS lawyers muzzle Compaq witness

Don't answer questions about intimidation - or else

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Mobile application security vulnerability report

MS on Trial Bristol's lawsuit against Microsoft is scheduled to go to the jury this week, and for the last few days Microsoft's final witnesses have been taking the stand. One, Compaq VP Tim Yeaton was blocked by Microsoft attorneys from answering questions about Microsoft intimidation of Compaq, among other things. Yeaton, who'd earlier revealed that he'd been asked to testify for Microsoft in response to a request from Paul Maritz, was nevertheless acting in a personal capacity, and therefore was not in a position to say anything that could be deemed Compaq confidential. Questions in this area resulted in a string of objections, and instructions by Microsoft's attorneys not to answer. But the questions themselves went into the record: Q. Did Microsoft threaten to retaliate against Compaq if Compaq took steps to port specific elements of Windows to Unix? Mr. Frawley: Objection. Mr. Remis: I guess from our point, one, we'd object to the question for a variety of reasons, including no foundation and the form. But, in addition, to the extent that it calls for an answer that has anything to do with discussions between Compaq and Microsoft and is subject to a confidentiality or nondisclosure, then we instruct the witness not to answer. Q. Did Microsoft offer financial inducements to Compaq to use MainSoft product instead of Bristol's product to port elements of Windows to Unix? Mr. Frawley: Objection. [etc.] Mr. Schiavone: So you're instructing the witness not to answer? Mr. Remis: That's correct. Q. Did Microsoft offer to reduce royalty or payments for use of its products to Compaq if Compaq used MainSoft's product? Mr. Remis: Same objection and same instruction. Q. Mr. Yeaton, did Microsoft encourage Compaq not to do a technical evaluation of Bristol's product last year? Mr. Remis: [etc.] Q. Did Microsoft's representatives contact Compaq about using MainSoft's product shortly after Bristol filed its lawsuit against Microsoft? Mr. Frawley: Objection. [etc.] ® Complete Register Trial coverage

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose 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
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
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
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
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
prev story

Whitepapers

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.
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.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.