… Conlin had improperly persuaded Tom Howery, a Hewlett-Packard technician hired to find and restore missing computer tapes in a previous Microsoft case, to give her internal documents from that case, and how Conlin had kept that information from the court and Microsoft for months.
Conlin’s lawyer, Mark Tripp, responded with outrage, saying Conlin did nothing wrong: “I have never read or heard arguments filled with such distortions and half-truths.”
Microsoft, Tripp said, is engaged in an “ethical witch hunt,” the goal of which is to keep Conlin from trying the case “because they know how good she is, and they don’t want to face her next month in court.”
The conclusion was that on Friday, Polk County District Court Judge Scott Rosenberg ruled that Conlin’s actions were not unethical so it’s full speed ahead on the trial which is expected to start Nov. 13. The reason that tempers are running high in this case is that Conlin has refused to settle for the usual Microsoft voucher deal and is demanding cash for Iowa consumers.