Gates to testify in $1B lawsuit against Microsoft

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Microsoft's Bill Gates has arrived at federal court in Salt Lake City to testify in a billion-dollar antitrust lawsuit accusing the software maker of duping a competitor prior to its Windows 95 rollout.

Utah-based Novell Inc. says Microsoft tricked them into thinking its WordPerfect writing application would be included in the Windows 95 rollout. Novell says it was later forced to sell WordPerfect for a $1.2 billion loss.

Microsoft lawyers will open their case Monday with Gates' testimony.

They say he will testify he dumped WordPerfect because it threatened to crash Windows 95 and wouldn't be compatible with future versions.

Novell claims it was tricked, but Microsoft lawyers say the claims are groundless. They have sought a dismissal.