Not So Fast, Mr. Gates

Among the attorneys general holding out against a Microsoft settlement deal, California's is said to be pushing for the toughest terms

It didn't take California Attorney General Bill Lockyer long to show his populist bent. Back in January, 1999, on his first day as the state's chief law enforcer, the 60-year-old liberal Democrat gave back the free parking spot that comes with the job, insisting that it be used by the office's employee of the month instead. To this day, Lockyer is considered one of the nation's fiercest consumer-rights advocates, battling alleged price gouging by oil companies, aggressive marketing from Big Tobacco, and false advertising by long-distance carriers.

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