DOJ Will Defend Microsoft Settlement in Court
Department of Justice will defend its antitrust settlement with Microsoft in court this fall, when two states and two IT trade groups present arguments to overturn the landmark deal.The Department of Justice will defend its antitrust settlement with Microsoft Corp. in court this fall, when two states and two IT trade groups present arguments to overturn the landmark deal. According to a spokeswoman, the Justice Department will present its defense of the settlement before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Nov. 4. The department will also file a brief with the court June 18, in response to written arguments submitted by the Computer and Communications Industry Association and the Software and Information Industry Association. On Nov. 4, the Justice Department and Microsoft will face Ken Starr and Robert Bork, who are representing CCIA and SIIA. In a written argument filed on behalf of the trade groups earlier this month, Bork and Starr charged that the settlement would not prevent Microsoft from illegally driving new middleware technology out of the market.
The court will hear the trade associations case at the same time it hears an appeal brought by Massachusetts and West Virgnia, the two states still seeking to overturn the federal settlement. The Justice Department will not file a brief responding to the states written arguments, however.