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NYTimes: U.S. Assails Microsoft and Resubmits Proposal for a Breakup

May 27, 2000, 16:47 (3 Talkback[s])

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"The Justice Department denounced the Microsoft Corporation today, accusing the company of cynical, irresponsible behavior on the last day of its antitrust trial. The department also filed a modified version of its proposal to break up the company that includes a handful of small, technical changes that the judge had requested."

"Microsoft plans to file a response to the form, but not the substance, of the revised proposal on Wednesday. Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's final ruling in the long-running antitrust case will most likely come a day or two after that."

"The government's brief went on to say: "The fact that Microsoft had prepared but kept secreted in its briefcases a 35-page offer of proof, concerning testimony from 16 different witnesses that it allegedly wanted to offer, itself demonstrates both that Microsoft was not genuinely surprised about what was expected of it and that it was perfectly capable of being forthright with the court but chose not to do so."

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