DoJ, States Warn Court of Microsoft Delayed Compliance
Microsoft accused of dragging its feet in implementing some of the settlement terms.Microsoft Corp., which was widely viewed as a triumphant victor last year in settling the penalties for its antitrust violations, appears to be dragging its feet in implementing some of the settlement terms, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and the states that agreed to the deal. Out of the 18 states plus the District of Columbia that sued Microsoft for antitrust violations, just one, Massachusetts, is continuing the fight. However, the parties that decided to put an end to the protracted litigation are now concerned that Microsoft isnt fully living up to its obligations, and they warned that the court might need to issue an order to ensure full compliance. Of particular concern are Microsofts efforts in the realm of licensing certain communications protocols on reasonable and non-discriminatory (RAND) terms. The Justice Department plus the 16 states and the District of Columbia that accepted the settlement last year told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that they have prodded Microsoft to make additional changes, but they still have concerns. The court had singled out the communications protocol licensing requirement as the "most forward-looking provision" in the remedy settlement.
"While Plaintiffs are continuing to work with Microsoft to improve the [communications protocol licensing program] so that the Communications Protocols are licensed under RAND terms, Plaintiffs recognize that further steps may need to be taken, either pursuant to agreement or order of the Court, to account for Microsofts delayed implementation," the group told the court in an enforcement status report July 3.