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USA Today: Microsoft breakup order is in the cards

May 27, 2000, 16:08 (2 Talkback[s])
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"I really think Jackson has had it with Microsoft," said Robert Lande, professor of law at the University of Baltimore. "He doesn't believe a word they are saying; he's not going to let them babble on for months."

"In addition to looking at remedies that were harsher than those presented by the government, Jackson rebuffed Microsoft several times during Wednesday's hearing. He agreed with the government's argument that Microsoft forfeited its chance to cross-examine experts who wrote declarations in favor of a breakup by failing to do so in the weeks before the hearing."

"Jackson's aggressive timetable could itself be grounds for an appeal. Even so, it's unlikely such an appeal would make any difference, Sterling said. The University of Baltimore's Land said an appeals court might agree Jackson should have heard more witnesses. But an appeals court would be unlikely to vacate Jackson's order on those grounds alone, Sterling said. More likely, the court would order Jackson to hear more testimony."

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