4. Whom do you anti-trust?
For 21 years Microsoft battled the government over anti-trust allegations. Whether accused of predatory marketing or using its desktop monopoly to "crush" competitors, Microsoft found itself in the cross-hairs of both the US Department of Justice and the European Union. As an effort to release Microsoft's stranglehold on the PC market, the suits failed miserably. But Microsoft's reputation was permanently damaged. Its actions at trial were deemed "inaccurate, misleading, evasive, and transparently false" by Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson. Star witness Bill Gates proved stubbornly uncooperative, failing to remember almost anything that happened during his tenure as CEO. In short, Microsoft was every bit the monopolistic bully Judge Jackson proclaimed it to be.