Microsoft will be appearing in a UK court March 30 and 31 for a hearing. Microsoft seeks to strike the pleadings from ValueLicensing who seeks £270 million in damages.

Redmond, alleges ValueLicensing in particulars of claim served on Microsoft, has been playing fast and loose with software licences in the hope of killing off the second-hand software licence market. Established law says once a vendor has sold a software licence, that licence becomes a tradable commodity.

MS has yet to file substantive responses with the High Court. Pleadings in the high court can be filed close to the hearing date.