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SJ Mercury/AP: U.S. says delay in Microsoft appeal could harm competition

Aug 15, 2000, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])

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"The Justice Department urged the Supreme Court on Tuesday to quickly hear Microsoft's appeal of a ruling that would split the computer software giant in two. It said delay "could irreparably harm competition in a vital and rapidly evolving sector of the national economy."

"In a brief filed with the high court, the government opposed Microsoft's request that its appeal go first to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia before reaching the Supreme Court. The court should agree to skip the intermediate panel for only the third time since 1974 because this case "has immense importance to our national economy," the government said."

"The government estimated that a final resolution of the case would be reached at least one year earlier if the high court exercised its discretion to take the case now. ... The nine justices are not expected to say until September at the earliest whether they will grant direct review or send the case to the appeals court."

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