Gates, Ballmer Escape Testimony in State Antitrust Case

The attorney representing plaintiffs in one of the few state-level class-action antitrust lawsuits left against Microsoft Corp. announced that she would not call Chairman Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer as witnesses. Roxanne Conlin won a judge's ruling prior to the trial that would have forced Gates and Ballmer to travel to Des Moines for direct questioning even though the two executives were expected to testify later in the case when Microsoft presents its defense.

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