Microsoft Releases Depositions

 
 
By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-03-04 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Microsoft Corp. on Monday complied with an order from a federal district court judge and released the transcripts and video recordings of the depositions of two of its top executives in relation to the antitrust case between the software company and the D

Microsoft Corp. on Monday complied with an order from a federal district court judge and released the transcripts and video recordings of the depositions of two of its top executives in relation to the antitrust case between the software company and the Department of Justice. The transcripts of the depositions for CEO Steve Ballmer and Jim Allchin, the Redmond, Wash., software makers group vice president for platforms, were made available on the companys legal news Web site at www.microsoft.com/presspass/legalnews, but do not include material that Microsoft believes is confidential.
The depositions from former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale and Liberate Technologies CEO Mitchell Kertzman will also be made available, as will any possible future testimony from Sun Microsystems Inc. CEO Scott McNealy, who has not yet been deposed.
While it is unusual for the oral testimony given in depositions to be made available to the media and the broad public, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly recently ordered this following a motion to intervene by the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, Cable News Network, Dow Jones and Company, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Co., The Washington Post and USA Today. The depositions were held over the past few weeks in preparation for the remedy hearings that begin next week. Microsoft and the nine states and the District of Columbia, who are opposing the settlement between the software firm and the Department of Justice, will each get about 100 hours to present their witnesses, a process that could take weeks.
 
 
 
 
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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