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Re: Microsoft and TomTom settle

From: amicus_curious
Subject: Re: Microsoft and TomTom settle
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2009 09:02:43 -0400

"Thufir Hawat" <> wrote in message news:w6hCl.1223$g%5.66@newsfe23.iad...

You say that the reason they settled cannot be determined, but it must
be that TomTom had no confidence in winning and were concerned with
minimizing their likely loss.

Where's your evidence?  It's just guess work and interpretation.  The
lack of a statement from TomTom is telling.  No one has posted firsthand
knowledge about what TomTom was thinking.

Well, you could take some view that was more favorable, but you are just whistling past the graveyard, I think, telling yourself that maybe things are not as bleak as they appear. Maybe TomTom was confident of winning their case but their lawyers had planned to go on an extended tour of the Holy Lands and wanted the whole thing to just go away before they left so that they were not going to be interrupted by having to work on the case. Maybe TomTom felt that things were going so bad for Microsoft that they owed them a leg up and so considered the settlement payments as a gift.

I think it was probably because they knew they were going to lose and it was cheaper to make a settlement and take a license.

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