State AGs get new lawyer in Microsoft case

The attorneys general for the 18 states pursuing the Microsoft Corp. antitrust case got a new ally Thursday when they added Washington, D.C., lawyer Brendan Sullivan to their efforts. Sullivan's hiring was confirmed by Bob Brammer of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller's office.

Sullivan, a member of the firm Williams & Connolly, has previously represented clients such as Oliver North. Sullivan was out of the office and unreachable for comment, according to his assistant.

Microsoft and the states were ordered to enter into settlement talks by U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in September. Kollar-Kotelly also set Nov. 2 as the date by which the sides had to reach a settlement in order to avoid continuing the remedy phase of the trial. If the remedy phase is re-entered, hearings will begin in March.

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