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TechWeb: Expert: Europe Will Judge Microsoft Harshly

Aug 04, 2000, 14:27 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Mosquera)

"The European Union will likely find Microsoft violated competition law, a U.S. antitrust attorney said Thursday, citing Europe's more skeptical view of dominant companies than in the United States. ... The EU typically issues a decision and remedies, such as fines and conduct restrictions, within several months of the hearing. If measures are adverse to Microsoft, the company could appeal within the European judicial system."

"The real impetus for the inquiry is the Justice Department lawsuit, said George Washington University law professor William Kovacic. "This was poking along at the commission," he said. "What galvanized it was Judge Jackson's findings of fact in November 1999."

"Kovacic said he expects a finding of anti-competitive violation. "Generally, European jurisprudence gives dominant firms less freedom than what they enjoy in the U.S.," he said. "Microsoft is facing more skeptical decision-makers in Europe because there is more doubting of dominant firms strategies."

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