Judge Mostly Approves Microsoft-DOJ Settlement in Antitrust Case
Friday November 1st, 2002
United States District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has issued her opinions in the Microsoft antitrust case. The ruling covers both Microsoft's settlement with the US Department of Justice and also the harsher remedies sought by the nine non-settling states. Slashdot has links to relevant documents in PDF format. From what we understand, Kollar-Kotelly has ruled that the Microsoft-DOJ settlement is in the public interest and recommended only a few changes. Most of the non-settling states' concerns have been rejected. Slashdot sums up the judgement as "a massive win for Microsoft." More stories at CNET News.com and WinInfo.
ANOTHER UPDATE! The Register has a story on the ruling and an analysis piece that concludes that the settlement has too many loopholes to be effective. The New York Times also has a report and analysis (both articles require free registration). Finally, CNET News.com has expanded its coverage of the ruling and Computerworld has a report with a variety of quotes.
#12 It's a matter of politics
Tuesday November 5th, 2002 1:32 AM
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Well, I really don't like politics discussion here but I wanted to answer this one. I think your concerns are valid. It seems to me that, at this point, US government (pls don't say that justice could be independent, anywhere in the world) wants the extremely sensitive IT sector to remain in a well controlled US-based monopoly. It's easier to have very close ties with MS only than with a bunch of smaller competitors. I could say more but I feel I already went too far with this. Sorry.