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NYTimes: Microsoft Case Back in Play, and the Lobbying Heats Up

Jun 30, 2001, 15:20 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Labaton)

Lest we forget that the case against Microsoft was made by other large corporations and various government entities, here's a look at how corporations like AOL Time Warner are continuing their lobbying efforts against Microsoft.

"As federal and state prosecutors ponder what to do next with Microsoft, they have already come under enormous lobbying pressure from the company to settle quickly and from its rivals, most notably AOL Time Warner, to continue litigating."

"The lobbying campaign was in full swing even before Thursday's decision by a federal court of appeals here, which vacated the order to break up Microsoft but also found that the company had engaged in a raft of anticompetitive practices in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. It is now expected to intensify and to become, for the city's cadre of lawyers and lobbyists, one of the most lucrative fights of the year."

"With no one in the government in clear control of a policy toward Microsoft, the company and AOL Time Warner, along with their surrogates, have been fiercely campaigning in Congress and before regulators in a largely behind-the-scenes battle over Microsoft's new operating system, Windows XP. But the campaigns have been closely related to the antitrust lawsuit, with both sides employing large teams of prominent law firms and lobbyists in the hopes of putting pressure on the Justice Department and state officials."

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