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Washington Post: U.S., States Leaning Against Microsoft Breakup

Apr 12, 2000, 15:21 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James V. Grimaldi)

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"Attorneys for the Justice Department and 19 states who won their antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp. are leaning against asking for the breakup of the company in the remedy phase of the case, according to people familiar with the discussions."

"While breakup was taken off the table during out-of-court settlement talks, government officials still have not officially ruled it out since U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's April 3 verdict that Microsoft broke federal antitrust law."

"The debate within the government camp is fluid enough that a decision easily could go the other way before attorneys formally present their plan to Jackson by the end of the month. Justice Department officials, asked about the reports from the sources close to the talks, said no decision has been made."

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