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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2003-01-14 Print this article Print

Meanwhile, in Washington, the Computer & Communications Industry Association Monday vowed to press on with an appeal of a federal judges ruling denying the organizations request to appeal Microsofts settlement with the federal government and several states. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly rejected a request filed jointly by the CCIA and the Software & Information Industry Association to intervene in the case with an appeal of her ruling on the settlement. Both the CCIA and SIIA, which represent some of Microsofts most staunch foes including Sun Microsystems Inc., Oracle Corp. and AOL Time Warner Inc., are seeking more stringent remedies against Microsoft than those hammered out in the settlement.
Over the weekend, Kollar-Kotelly said the organizations lacked the necessary precedents to call for such action and said they should file their own private lawsuits.
The CCIA decided to pursue the case, filing a notice of appeal Monday to appeal Kollar-Kotellys weekend decision as well as her settlement decree. CCIA officials said the settlement Kollar-Kotelly signed into order is not in the public interest, did not stop Microsofts monopolistic behavior and "was hopelessly vague, ambiguous and unenforceable." Former Judge Robert Bork, former Judge Ken Starr and Glenn Manishin of the law firm of Kelley Drye & Warren filed the CCIAs notice of appeal. The CCIA joins the states of Massachusetts and West Virginia in appealing the settlement.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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