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.