Judge Delays Microsoft Trial

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2002-03-08
WASHINGTON—A U.S. District Court judge has delayed for a week the trial between Microsoft Corp. and the nine states that didnt join the settlement between the Redmond, Wash., software giant and the Department of Justice.

A concerned Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly postponed the trial this morning after learning that the states had changed some of the wording of their proposal. Microsoft had asked for a two-week delay.

Lawyers for the states argued that the wording changes were simply clarification, but John Warden, Microsofts lead attorney in the case, said the changes were more significant.

Kollar-Kotelly agreed.

"Some of them are clarifications," she said. "But I think there are some changes that are more substantive. There are some changes to the definitions, and definitions are very important to the case."

The states had refused to sign onto the settlement between Microsoft and the DOJ over remedies following the companys appeal of the verdict from the initial trial.

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