MS/DOJ - Judge Sets Remedy Hearing Schedule

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson today set May 24 to hear arguments regarding the remedies portion of the government's antitrust case against Microsoft.

Before the oral arguments, the government has been scheduled to file its proposed remedies to Jackson between April 25 and 28, and Microsoft will file its response to those proposals, including possible counter proposals, by May 10. Then the government has until May 17 to offer its response to Microsoft's response.

Jackson issued his ruling of law in the case Monday, finding, among other issues, that Microsoft violated antitrust law to maintain its monopoly on the PC operating system and to make inroads into the Internet browser market.

The schedule was issued in the wake of a meeting between Jackson and the parties in lawsuit. At the meeting Jackson said he intended to put the remedy phase of the trial on a "fast track" and may push to move the case directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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