Novell, CCIA Evidence May Be Tossed Out in MS EC Case
A European judge will hold a closed-door meeting to discuss the lifting of sanctions by the EU in its anti-trust ruling against Microsoft following the withdrawal of Novell and the CCIA.A European judge will hold a closed-door meeting today to discuss the lifting of sanctions by the EU in its anti-trust ruling against Microsoft Corp. Judge Bo Vesterdorf of the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg has called the meeting to discuss the future of the case, following the withdrawal of Novell Inc. and the Computer & Communications Industry Association. In March this year, the European Commission ruled that Microsoft had abused its dominance of the PC market. The EC imposed sanctions on the company, including a fine of nearly $650 million and instructions that it publish details of its APIs and that it provide a version of Windows without Windows Media Player. To read David Courseys thoughts on whether Microsofts antics will land it back in court, click here.
However, since Microsoft settled suits with the CCIA and with Novell, both organizations have withdrawn from the anti-trust case.