Judge Delays Microsoft Trial

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2002-03-08 Print this article Print

An angry Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly delays for a week the trial between Microsoft and nine states after learning that the states had changed some of the wording of their proposal.

WASHINGTON—A U.S. District Court judge has delayed for a week the trial between Microsoft Corp. and the nine states that didnt join the settlement between the Redmond, Wash., software giant and the Department of Justice. A concerned Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly postponed the trial this morning after learning that the states had changed some of the wording of their proposal. Microsoft had asked for a two-week delay. Lawyers for the states argued that the wording changes were simply clarification, but John Warden, Microsofts lead attorney in the case, said the changes were more significant.
Kollar-Kotelly agreed.
"Some of them are clarifications," she said. "But I think there are some changes that are more substantive. There are some changes to the definitions, and definitions are very important to the case." The states had refused to sign onto the settlement between Microsoft and the DOJ over remedies following the companys appeal of the verdict from the initial trial.
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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