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PC World: Conduct Remedies Could Hammer Microsoft

Jun 08, 2000, 17:22 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clare Haney)

"Breaking up Microsoft may take at least two years, but Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's behavioral remedies are likely to the hit the company much sooner, and are likely to hit the company hard, analysts predict. Many say the remedies could be in effect as early as next year."

"Portions of the judgement included conduct remedies, which Microsoft will appeal, but some are likely to survive the appeals process and could be implemented as early as 2001," says Chris Le Tocq, research director with Gartner Group."

"Turning to the appeals process, Microsoft will likely have a difficult time of it, according to Robert Schneider, an attorney with Chicago law firm Chapman and Cutler, who has expertise in both antitrust and intellectual property law. He says either the U.S. Supreme Court or the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia would have to overturn Jackson's November findings of fact that determined Microsoft to be a monopoly."

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