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ZDNet/Reuters: States still want Microsoft case, even if Bush backs away

Jan 08, 2001, 15:59 (3 Talkback[s])

"State attorneys general say they are determined to pursue the antitrust case against Microsoft, even if the Justice Department, under President-elect Bush, tries to back away."

"We hope and assume that the Bush administration would fully pursue the Microsoft case through all stages, including the Supreme Court, if that's necessary," said Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, leader of the 19 states that are co-plaintiffs in the case with the federal government. "However, if for some reason they don't, we have made a commitment to pursue this case to the end."

"Bush's recently appointed assistant for economic affairs, Lawrence Lindsey, said six months ago that the Clinton antitrust policy was "radical" and needed change. Lindsey said at the Republican Convention in August that a Bush administration would have "greater sensitivity" to "respecting the private sector and respecting the need for innovation and profitability long-term," specifically mentioning Microsoft."

"The states have a new obligation in light of such remarks, said one of the leading state attorneys general in the case. "I think the lead order has now shifted hands and the states have it," Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said."

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