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What's Next In the Microsoft Case

By Digital Journal Staff     Jul 1, 2001 in Technology
WASHINGTON - Since a federal appeals court has overturned a lower court's order to break up Microsoft, the parties in the Microsoft antitrust case have three main options:
  • Either the government or Microsoft could appeal to the Supreme Court. But since both sides found victories in the appeals decision, this is considered unlikely.
  • The government could return to the district court, with a new judge, and decide a new penalty. The appeals court upheld the government's central claim, that it illegally kept its monopoly, and that could be used as a basis to decide whether to push for a breakup or ask for other remedies. It will take at least 45 days for a new judge to be randomly assigned to the case.
  • The two sides could settle. Legal experts speculate that the business-friendly Bush administration has no stomach for the case and wants to quickly end it. The states say they want to play it tough, but recently said their ``door is always open'' to settlement talks.
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