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Remaining Nine States Urge Judge to Reject Microsoft Delay

By John Virata
The nine states that opposed a proposed settlement of Microsoft's antitrust case today asked U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to reject the Redmond, Washington company's request for a delay in hearings on potential alternative remedies for breaking the law with its anticompetitive behavior.

Microsoft had asked for a four-month delay of the penalty phase earlier this month, claiming the remaining states opposed to the settlement were trying to expand on the possible remedies.


But the nine dissenting states, which include California, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Utah, and West Virginia, told presiding U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in a brief that Microsoft's request was basically a delaying tactic in itself.

The nine states that have agreed with the Department of Justice to settle include Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who will decide what penalties, if any, is meted out to Microsoft, will now conduct two separate proceedings, the first which is scheduled to begin March 11, to gather public comments and calculate whether any settlement benefits the public interest. The comment proceedings will begin once a final settlement agreement is published in the Federal Register (a daily, legal newspaper published by the National Archives and Records Administration that contains federal agency regulations, proposed rules, and notices, and executive orders, proclamations, and other Presidential documents).


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John Virata is senior editor of Digital Media Online. You can email him at jvirata@digitalmedianet.com
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