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As this paper is written there is a landmark court case proceeding in Washington in front of a federal judge This case involves the charging of the Microsoft Corporation for violating antitrust laws set up by the government to preserve market competition A general overview of the accusations brought against Microsoft by the Justice Department was given by Hayes in the Scholastic Update article The US versus Microsoft1999 This article explains why the federal government is suing Microsoft and how the government regulates businesses to protect competition In order to be able to examine the governments complaint against Microsoft it is necessary to understand the importance of competition in the capitalist economic system In a market with no competition a company does not feel pressure to offer the best products at the lowest possible prices If a business has no competition within a certain market then it becomes a monopoly where it produces the entire market supply of a particular good In the case of a monopoly the firm has very strong market power and the consumer is at the mercy of the producer Government uses antitrust laws as a means of preventing the abuse of market power These laws are constructed to prohibit mergers that reduce potential competition as well as forbid anti-competitive market behavior The suit in question charges Microsoft with the violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act which is an Act that makes it illegal to use a monopoly in one area to gain a monopoly in another The government claims that Microsoft is using their dominance in the operating system market as a means to gain an unfair advantage in another market Microsoft by packaging their Internet Explorer product with their Windows operating system has been accused of trying to gain an advantage in the Internet access market By requiring their Internet browser to be installed when installing Windows the government believes Microsoft took business away from other browser
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