In the first of what is expected to be a wave of private cases piggybacking on a federal judge’s finding that Microsoft Corp. is a monopoly, attorneys filed a class action Monday in San Francisco Superior Court against the software giant, alleging it used its hegemony in browser and operating systems to overcharge California computer buyers.

“Microsoft not only directly and indirectly harmed its competitors,” said plaintiffs’ co-counsel Daniel Mogin, who is based in San Diego, “Microsoft also directly and indirectly harmed consumers.”

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