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Microsoft Appeals Breakup

Tuesday, 28 November 2000 12:00 AM

According to Fox News:

Microsoft filed on Monday with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia its initial brief appealing the earlier order of a lower-court judge, Thomas Penfield Jackson, who ordered what is generally considered the most-sweeping antitrust action against an American corporation since the breakup of AT&T.

In that ruling, Jackson not only ordered that Microsoft be divided into two independent entities, but also imposed a series of "conduct remedies" to alter the way Microsoft transacts its business.

The brief filed Monday by Microsoft enumerated what it feels are extensive mistakes the lower court made as it handled the prosecution brought by the Clinton-Gore administration's Justice Department and several state attorneys general.

Microsoft spokesman Vivek Varma said that "the case went awry from the outset, and our appeal provides a comprehensive picture of why Microsoft should win this case."

A Justice Department spokeswoman, Gina Talamona, responded that the lower court's ruling "is well supported by the evidence offered during a 78-day trial, including thousands of pages of Microsoft's own documents."

Here are the next steps in this appeal process:

• The government files its brief with the appeals court on Jan. 12.

• Microsoft has until Jan. 31 to reply to the government's brief.

• Oral arguments begin in late February.

Fearing that the appellate court might be more receptive to Microsoft's arguments, the government wanted the appeal to go directly to the Supreme Court, but the high court ruled that it would first have to be heard by the appellate court.

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