A US judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Microsoft from a group of Californian cities and counties, including San Francisco, that had accused the company of overcharging for software.
The judge said the public authorities could only sue under one of the two laws they were trying to use against Microsoft, and that the claims under the relevant law had expired.
Microsoft had requested the case be thrown out on these grounds.
But the judge said the authorities could make a new claim for more recent purchases of software if they chose to, as they had said that Microsoft’s alleged overcharging was still taking place.
The lawsuit, filed last year, was launched after settlement of a similar class action suit brought by consumers and businesses against Microsoft over alleged overcharging for products.