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Dear AG Cooper,
As you are well aware, North Carolina Citizens for a Sound Economy (NC CSE) was unflinching in its opposition to North Carolina’s involvement in the antitrust suit against Microsoft. While Microsoft’s actions proved harmful to competitors, they provided great benefit to consumers by lowering the cost and increasing the availability of software products. Microsoft’s innovations increased familiarity with the Internet and formed a base on which to build today’s high tech economy. This impressive record of accomplishment should earn praise, not prosecution.
Given that you inherited this suit, we applaud your decision to settle the case to allow your department to devote its resources towards more worthwhile pursuits. Your decision is a big victory for North Carolina consumers and NC CSE thanks you.
We look forward to working with you in the future and would be happy to advise you on what we believe to be the right course of action on virtually all economic matters.
Director, NC CSE