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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

EU Plows Ahead With Microsoft Suit

LUXEMBOURG -- Microsoft's remaining opponents in the European Union's legal case say that a settlement between the software giant and RealNetworks resolving their antitrust disputes will not deter the EU from proceeding.

RealNetworks, maker of a rival to Microsoft's Media Player, announced a $761 million legal settlement with its longtime adversary that ends all their antitrust disputes worldwide -- including Real's participation in the EU case.

The companies said the agreement includes a $460 million cash payment to resolve all damages claims and a series of technology licenses and commitments under which Real will obtain long-term access to some Windows Media technologies.

The settlement will be "completely irrelevant," EU spokesman Jonathan Todd said.

"We will continue to ensure full and complete compliance with the March 2004 decision," he said.