West Virginia will join Massachusetts as the only states to continue the courtroom antitrust battle against Microsoft Corp., pressing a U.S. appeals court to reconsider tougher sanctions against the world's largest software company.

In a Dec. 3 statement, West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw Jr. accused U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of siding with Microsoft by failing to impose adequate sanctions for the company's illegal actions. He said the state shouldn't let its financial situation affect its responsibilities.

"No reputable government should plead poverty and allow an adjudicated...

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