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The Register: MS guilty verdict looms as mediation talks collapse

Apr 03, 2000, 07:53 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"The Microsoft antitrust case mediation talks collapsed unexpectedly last night, with official mediator Judge Richard Posner saying in a statement that his efforts have proved fruitless, and that the differences between the two camps "were too deep-seated to be bridged.""

"Posner's announcement is nevertheless something of a shock. Did he pull the trigger of his own accord, or did it happen in response to a 'take it or leave it, no surrender' Microsoft gambit? Maybe it was Bill who pulled the trigger - again."

"Microsoft must now brace itself for the opening of the markets tomorrow. It's not yet clear whether or not Judge Jackson will still wait until the end of the week before issuing his judgement, but it seems unlikely that this would serve any purpose, so long as the talks are finally and iretrievably dead. Letting fly on Monday would actually be a kindness for Microsoft, given the kind of week the company would have otherwise, and if he's prepared to work Sundays (some of us, thank you Richard Posner, have no choice), he could even do it now. Microsoft itself thinks he'll rule sooner rather than later."

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