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SJ Mercury: Break up Microsoft

Apr 24, 2000, 16:14 (30 Talkback[s])

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"Break it up. That's what the federal courts should do with Microsoft Corp., the most powerful and unrepentant monopolist to have emerged since the heyday of Standard Oil. And it's what the U.S. Justice Department, 19 state governments and the District of Columbia should request this week when they file their proposed sanctions with U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson."

"I wish a less drastic solution could work. And I fear the government lawyers, who overwhelmingly proved their case in a pathbreaking antitrust trial, will talk themselves into milder -- and ultimately useless -- remedies."

"But the record is all too clear. Microsoft's leaders plainly do not believe the antitrust laws apply to what they do. They are smart and tenacious and will thwart any sanctions that do not fundamentally alter the company's structure."

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