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CNET Microsoft preps final argument in antitrust case

May 31, 2000, 16:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft today responds to the government for the last time before a federal judge rules in the landmark antitrust trial. That ruling, which could come as early as tomorrow, sets the stage for a potentially drawn-out appeal and brings the two-year trial to an abrupt end."

"The legal brief is due today and could be submitted after U.S. stock markets close at 1 p.m. PT. On Friday, the government filed its final remedy plan, or revised proposed final judgment. The Justice Department and 17 of 19 states would like to break the software giant into two companies--one controlling the company's Windows operating systems, the other software applications--and impose additional restrictions on the Windows operation's business practices."

"Assuming Microsoft, as expected, appeals the case, Jackson would likely stay--or delay--breakup during the appellate process. But the government would like additional conduct remedies imposed within 90 days. Jackson could issue his final judgment as early as tomorrow, 60 days from his ruling and the arbitrary period he set up for concluding the remedy process. Many legal experts and, privately, Microsoft and government sources anticipate a ruling this week."

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