Microsoft, DOJ on An Uneasy Road
Microsoft Corp. and the Federal Government are headed for a showdown over exactly what remedies should be imposed on the software maker for its anti-competitive behavior.Microsoft Corp. and the Federal Government are headed for a showdown over exactly what remedies should be imposed on the software maker for its anti-competitive behavior. The two parties disagreed on nearly every issue in last weeks joint status report filed before Washington District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, leading antitrust experts to caution that the magnitude of the differences could make a negotiated settlement difficult unless compromises are met.
In last weeks filing, the government said it is seeking the conduct remedies imposed by District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, the cases original judge. But Microsoft, of Redmond, Wash., argued that the recent findings by the Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit had "drastically altered" the scope of its liability under the original order and, as such, those remedies were improper.