Microsoft Antitrust Foes Head Back to Court
Federal court Thursday agreed to hear an appeal from two software trade groups contesting Microsoft's federal antitrust settlement agreement.A federal court Thursday agreed to hear an appeal from two software trade groups contesting Microsoft Corp.s federal antitrust settlement agreement. The groups, the Computer & Communications Industry Association and the Software and Information Industry Association, join Massachusetts and West Virginia in continuing the legal battle that started in 1998. Six other states and the District of Columbia accepted a decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in November to approve with few changes the antitrust remedies agreed to by the Department of Justice. CCIA and SIIA contend that the federal settlement does not "unfetter" the market from anti-competitive behavior or deny Microsoft the fruits of its illegal conduct, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit had ordered the district court to ensure.
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