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TechWeb: [Supreme Court] Decision 'Makes Microsoft Case Less Important'

Sep 27, 2000, 17:54 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Mosquera)

"The Supreme Court's decision to send the Microsoft antitrust case to a lower court first will buy Microsoft time. And the more time that elapses, the less relevant the case becomes, analysts said Tuesday."

"The Supreme Court knew it would benefit from the D.C. Court of Appeals taking the first crack at the case, said Hillard Sterling, an antitrust attorney at Gordon & Glickson in Chicago. The Supreme Court always benefits from the decision-making of its mid-level appellate brethren, he said. "The Supreme Court just doesn't do well with messy factual and legal issues that come straight from district court judges," the attorney said."

"It is much more likely than not that Microsoft will succeed in getting this decision reversed to some significant degree," Sterling said. "Each day makes this case less relevant in the competitive marketplace," Sterling said. Microsoft continues as a solid, uniform company as it launches new products and services, such as its .NET strategy, he added."

"Even if the government prevails in its case against Microsoft, "the remedy phase will have to be redone because the world will be different," said Bill Whyman, Internet analyst at the Precursor Group in Washington, D.C.. That will buy the software behemoth even more time, he said."

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