A federal judge has ordered Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to testify in the “Vista Capable” class-action lawsuit, rejecting the company’s contention that Ballmer knew nothing about loosening hardware requirements for the marketing program…
Last month, Microsoft tried to block Ballmer’s deposition by arguing that he had no unique knowledge of the Vista Capable program, which the company ran in 2006 to tout then-current PCs as being able to run the operating system when it was later released.
In a declaration, Ballmer echoed that stance. “I was not involved in any of the operational decisions about the Windows Vista Capable program,” he said. “I was not involved in establishing the requirements computers must satisfy to qualify for the Windows Vista Capable program. I was not involved in formulating any marketing strategy or any public messaging surrounding the Windows Vista Capable program.”
“Plaintiffs have met their burden in demonstrating Mr. Ballmer may have relevant, unique personal knowledge of relevant facts,” Pechman wrote in her order.
Key to the judge’s ruling was Ballmer was in frequent contact with those in charge of liason with Intel at Microsoft – and he met with Intel on his own at least once to discuss progress.
Face it – claiming Ballmer didn’t know what was going on was baloney! Only lawyers appreciate lies like that.