Jury deadlocked in $1B Microsoft suit

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) ? A federal judge says jurors are deadlocked in a Utah company’s $1 billion federal antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp.

Jurors were ordered Friday to continue deliberations until 5 p.m. The judge says if they still are undecided, he may dismiss the case, leaving Novell Inc. attorneys with little to show for a decade of work.

Novell sued in 2004, claiming Microsoft duped it into developing a WordPerfect writing program version for Windows 95 only to pull the plug so Microsoft could gain market share with its own Word program. Microsoft says Novell just couldn’t deliver a compatible product in time.

Earlier Friday, the judge denied a request from one juror to be removed from the case.

The trial began in Salt Lake City in October.