BOSTON (06/08/2000) - Microsoft Corp. has asked a U.S. judge to stay behavioral remedies in the government's antitrust case against the software maker until the company has exhausted the appeals process.
Microsoft filed the motion for a stay immediately after U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson released his final judgment yesterday ordering that the company be split in two and that behavioral remedies be imposed.
"The Final Judgment, which Microsoft intends to appeal promptly, will inflict grievous and irreparable harm on Microsoft, its 35,000 employees, its millions of shareholders, its thousands of business partners and the tens of millions of consumers around the world who rely on Microsoft's products," the company argued in the motion for a stay.
There is no urgency that requires the final judgment to take effect immediately, the company further argued.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and 19 state attorneys general successfully sued Microsoft, contending the company has used its operating system monopoly to try to dominate other markets, notably Internet browsers, and to thwart competition.
Microsoft, in Redmond, Washington, can be reached at +1-425-882-8080 or http://www.microsoft.com/.