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CNET News.com: Microsoft antitrust ruling expected next week

May 25, 2000, 08:40 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

"U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson today asked the government to submit a final, revised remedy proposal by Friday, a strong indication that a decision in the Microsoft antitrust trial could come as early as next week.

"Today's missive starts the clock ticking for the software giant. Once the remedy proposal is turned in, Microsoft will have only 48 hours to draft a response, Jackson said. Microsoft representatives said the company would file papers by Tuesday if the government filed by Friday."

"The hearing in Washington, D.C. today allowed both government and Microsoft attorneys one last chance to present their cases to the court, as Jackson stated that there would be no more hearings. A ruling in the landmark case is expected soon. Nearly two months ago, Jackson indicated that he wanted to end the trial around June 1."

"Although Jackson did not say how he would rule, circumstances indicate that he is leaning toward breaking the company into two, and perhaps three, pieces. He mostly focused on the feasibility of a breakup during today's hearing."

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