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CNET News.com: Financial adviser to examine Microsoft break-up?

Dec 03, 1999, 18:14 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

"The Justice Department's decision to retain a New York investment firm is a clear sign the government would like to break up Microsoft, legal experts say."

"While Justice Department spokesperson Gina Talamona said Greenhill & Co. would assist in 'a full range of possible remedies,' which include 'conduct and structural relief,' antitrust experts contend there is only one reason to retain the firm: divestiture proposals."

"The timing, which followed the start of settlement talks by two days, is the government's way of sending Microsoft a message about its intentions, [George Washington University Law School professor Bill] Kovacic said."

"Though settlement talks started off smoothly, antitrust experts are skeptical the government and Microsoft can reach an agreement. Bob Lande, an antitrust professor at the University of Baltimore School Law, said he doesn't think settlement is possible."

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