"U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson today asked the
government to submit a final, revised remedy proposal by Friday, a
strong indication that a decision in the Microsoft antitrust trial
could come as early as next week.
"Today's missive starts the clock ticking for the software
giant. Once the remedy proposal is turned in, Microsoft will have
only 48 hours to draft a response, Jackson said. Microsoft
representatives said the company would file papers by Tuesday if
the government filed by Friday."
"The hearing in Washington, D.C. today allowed both government
and Microsoft attorneys one last chance to present their cases to
the court, as Jackson stated that there would be no more hearings.
A ruling in the landmark case is expected soon. Nearly two months
ago, Jackson indicated that he wanted to end the trial around June
"Although Jackson did not say how he would rule,
circumstances indicate that he is leaning toward breaking the
company into two, and perhaps three, pieces. He mostly focused on
the feasibility of a breakup during today's hearing."
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