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LA Times: Judge Weighs Plan to Split Microsoft Into 3

May 25, 2000, 13:54 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Paul Eggert for this link. ]

"A visibly impatient federal judge on Wednesday cut off further delays in the antitrust trial of Microsoft Corp. and appeared poised to order a breakup of the software giant as early as next week."

"Rejecting Microsoft's request for more time to present evidence, U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson blurted to shocked Microsoft lawyers that "this case has been pending for two years." He then ordered the Justice Department and lawyers from 17 states and the District of Columbia to submit--by Friday--an alternative plan to divide up the world's most powerful computer software maker."

"Microsoft will have 48 hours to respond to the new government plan. ... While Microsoft was surprised by indications that Jackson might move quickly to break up the company, others close to the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant seem to have been preparing for the possible split for weeks."

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