Dealer files antitrust complaint against Microsoft over “pricing policy”

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According to CNET News.com, a Dutch software dealer has filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission (the guys who imposed a huge fine over Microsoft’s “monopoly”) by saying that the pricing policies in Europe done by Microsoft violates the very-strict European antitrust laws.

The owner, Samir Abdalla, says that Microsoft charges at least a third more for its software in Europe than it does in the United States, with his lawyer said that they have just begun the legal process and is seeking clarification from the commission, saying that they are just asking the court to “accept that there has been a violation of the relevant European law.” He also notes that the difference is between 30 percent and 50 percent.

What’s funny is that Abdalla is already in legal proceedings with Microsoft since May after alleging that he received more than $3.7 million from the illegal sale of unlicensed software in America – by taking advantage of an Egyptian government-run program that provides low-cost software to its citizens and using it to exploit US dealers with replacing the original software with counterfeits.

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