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SF Gate: Antitrust Judge Seeks Fast Track for an Appeal

Apr 05, 2000, 16:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James V. Grimaldi)

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"The federal judge who found Microsoft Corp. in violation of antitrust law said yesterday that he might put an appeal of his verdict on "a fast track" to the U.S. Supreme Court, bypassing an appellate court to speed the resolution of the case."

"Meeting behind closed doors with lawyers for the government and Microsoft, U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson said: "My transcendent objective is to get this thing before an appellate tribunal -- one or another -- as quickly as possible because I don't want to disrupt the economy or waste any more of yours or my time.""

"Such an expedited appeal could not occur until the judge rules on what sanctions to impose on Microsoft for its anticompetitive practices, attorneys told the judge, according to a court transcript. Jackson said he hoped to receive the detailed motions on penalties within two months. Attorneys for both sides agreed to try to meet the deadline."

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