Speaking at a luncheon of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, Lockyer called the agreement “pathetic.” He said every assertion in the document has three exceptions that benefit Microsoft Corp. “I don’t think it will have an effect on their behavior,” Lockyer said.

The U.S. Justice Department announced Nov. 2 that it had reached a proposed settlement with Microsoft. Half of the 18 states that were plaintiffs in the case agreed to sign onto the settlement, but the others, including California, have refused to do so.

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