Trade Groups Appeal Kollar-Kotellys Call
CCIA, SIIA jointly file motion to appeal the judge's ruling in the landmark Microsoft antitrust case.Two computer industry trade associations have weighed in with requests to appeal the ruling in the landmark Microsoft antitrust case. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) have jointly filed a motion with the U.S. District Court in Washington asking for permission to appeal the settlement between Microsoft Corp. and the federal government and several states. The parties filed their motion last Friday with U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who oversaw the settlement between Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice and nine states. Meanwhile, nine other states that sued Microsoft decided to seek stiffer penalties against the software giant in a proceeding Kollar-Kotelly heard earlier this year. Kollar-Kotelly ruled largely in Microsofts favor but granted the states some additional relief not afforded in the initial settlement.
However, two states, Massachusetts and West Virginia, appealed the judges ruling. If allowed to intervene, CCIA and SIIA will represent a different challenge to the judges rulings in the cases.