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 and WinInfo.

UPDATE! Further articles can be found at Reuters, CNN/Money and BBC News.

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 has expanded its coverage of the ruling and Computerworld has a report with a variety of quotes.

Microsoft's opinion of the ruling is available in the Legal News section of their site. Documents include a brief statement and a transcript of a press conference held on Friday.

#7 People just dont get it

by johann_p

Saturday November 2nd, 2002 4:10 AM

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I find it amazing that exactly that country that most despises communism for opressing a one size fits all policy upon people happily submits to a company like Microsoft. Computers are nothing without an OS and it is a fact that practically all computers are now running the OS's of one single company. Computers are used by practically all people, for nearly every aspect of everyday life. And the grand nation of commercial competition and freedom allows one company to have complete control over all these aspects, and get bigger still (I only say DRM - the alliance of MS and the entertainment industry, and TCPA/Palladium, the final step to taking the bit of control they have out of the hands of users). Unfortunately the EU (where I am living) joins into the stupidity and requires me to fill out Word and Excel forms instead of taking steps to at least fight MS across the atlantic and protect their own interests. Oh well ...