<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Marti Casey, a Microsoft communications manager, said she could not comment on a specific case.

''Periodically, we have resellers that we have to bring suit against,'' Casey said. ''But we do this as an absolute last resort and only after we have taken other steps, such as issuing a cease and desist order.''

On Dec. 1, 1999, Microsoft said it notified PC Connection by letter it was selling counterfeit software and demanded that it stop.

The lawsuit also details several more instances in 2000, in which Microsoft determined that software sold under its name was counterfeit.

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