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SF Gate/AP: Supreme Court refuses to hear Microsoft antitrust case

Sep 26, 2000, 15:27 (16 Talkback[s])

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"The Supreme Court, granting a Microsoft request Tuesday, refused to hear the massive antitrust case that threatens to break the computer software giant in two. The justices said the case first should be heard by a federal appeals court."

"The court acted on an 8-1 vote, with Justice Stephen G. Breyer dissenting. "Speed in reaching a final decision may help create legal certainty," Breyer wrote, contending the Supreme Court should hear the case now."

"The company sought to take its appeal first to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia because that court has reversed Jackson's decisions on Microsoft-related matters twice in the past. The Justice Department wanted to avoid the Court of Appeals for the same reason."

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