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UK software company ValueLicensing has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft with the English High Court accusing it of harming competition in the used software market, reports the Financial Times. It is seeking GBP 270 million in damages.

ValueLicensing alleges that Microsoft pressurises customers not to sell unused Windows and Office licences, to the detriment of the secondhand market

Pre-owned software reseller ValueLicensing has filed a claim in the High Court in London against Microsoft, alleging that the software supplier abused its dominant market position and used restrictive contractual practices. The crux of the complaint is that Microsoft used its dominant position in the market to make it difficult for anyone to sell pre-owned software licences in the UK and the European Economic Area (EEA).

Reseller ValueLicensing says recent efforts to push customers to cloud services have destroyed its business model.

Microsoft is being sued by UK reseller ValueLicensing for £270m in damages over claims of restrictive contractual practices and abuse of dominance.