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Massachusetts is awarded $967,000 from Microsoft

WASHINGTON — The federal judge in the Microsoft Corp. antitrust trial ordered the software company Monday to pay Massachusetts $967,014.52 in attorney fees, less than half what the state had sought.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly criticized the attorney general in Massachusetts for offering "deficient documentation and lack of explanation" for the higher figure, calling her decision a "generous award."

Massachusetts had demanded $2,012,377.72 from Microsoft.

Kollar-Kotelly's ruling was a final jab at Massachusetts, the only state to refuse to settle the landmark antitrust case. In its legal appeal, the state had earlier accused the judge of a "profound misunderstanding" when she approved the settlement among Microsoft, the Justice Department and 18 other states, including Utah.

The state's attorney general, Tom Reilly, said he was satisfied with the ruling.

"I am pleased that Microsoft will pay for the costs associated with this antitrust action and look forward to upcoming arguments in federal appeals court," Reilly said in a statement. "This case has serious implications for competition and consumers and will have a significant impact on the future direction of our economy."

Microsoft, with a market capitalization of about $313 billion, has a cash hoard of $49 billion. Its 2003 sales were just over $32 billion.