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TechWeb: Microsoft Conduct Remedy Most Likely

Apr 21, 2000, 18:29 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Mosquera)

"The ticklish process of crafting a remedy in the Microsoft antitrust case begins in earnest next week when the government proposes how competition can be returned to the PC operating system market."

"U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ruled April 3 that the software giant violated antitrust law by abusing its monopoly, tying its browser to the operating system, and engaging in anti-competitive practices. The Justice Department and 19 states weigh in with their proposed remedy by April 28. Microsoft will counter on May 10. The government will rebut on May 17. And Judge Jackson will convene a remedy hearing May 24."

"From accounts leaked to the press, the possibility that the government may request a company break-up is remote, said William Kovacic, George Washington University law professor. "But there is still the possibility for some very ambitious conduct-oriented controls," he said."

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