At Traverse Internet Law we have defended many cases Microsoft has filed over the years. Usually they are settled and Microsoft is reasonable in the process. You generally cannot look to the amount of a judgment to really know what the settlement was since often there is a private settlement far lower in terms of dollars in the agreement. The judgment is entered and can be used by Microsoft to collect if the settlement agreement is violated by the Defendant.

In this case, the amount of judgment was $700,000 and not only did Microsoft rely upon the judgment terms to try and collect, but a criminal charge for contempt of court was brought when Carmelo Cerrelli allegedly continued to sell unlicensed copies of Microsoft software. Traverse Internet Law rarely sees things go this far in post judgment remedies. The Judge found him in criminal contempt of court and fined him an additional $100,000.

Traverse Internet Law is an internet lawyer firm specializing in the law of the web. While many online legal commentators and online “internet lawyers” and “professors” are either biased, have an agenda to pursue, or simply do not understand the technical and business aspects of the web.  The firm represents both sides of disputes and at Traverse Internet Law we are often testing the arguments on both sides. This blog is about damages…damages that could flow from liability resulting from online activities. We give the same advice and guidance to plaintiffs and defendants. At Traverse Internet Law our focus is on balancing the competing and complex issues of doing business online.