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eWeek: Antitrust judge leans toward Microsoft breakup

May 24, 2000, 22:35 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson may have found Microsoft guilty of many of the antitrust violations of which the government has accused the company, but, thus far, he hasn't sided entirely with the government's recommendations for crafting a remedy."

"In the morning session of a one-day remedy hearing in U.S. District Court here on Wednesday, Jackson questioned the U.S. Department of Justice, state attorneys general and Microsoft lawyers fairly extensively on how a government-suggested breakup of the Redmond, Wash., company would work...."

"Tell me why (two separate Microsoft companies) would effectively inspire competition," Jackson queried O'Connor. Jackson noted that, as pointed out in a friend-of-the-court brief filed jointly over the weekend by The Computer and Communications Industry Association and Software and Information Industry Association, the government plan could create two separate monopolies with no incentive to compete."

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