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

[ Thanks to Kevin
for this link. ]

“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

“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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