Bulletin: Judge Rules to Split Microsoft

BOSTON (06/07/2000) - As expected, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson this afternoon issued a ruling ordering that the government's request to split Microsoft Corp. into two companies be adopted.

Microsoft Corp. is expected to announce at a press conference today that it will appeal the ruling.

"[The] plaintiffs won the case, and for that reason alone have some entitlement to a remedy of their choice," Judge Jackson wrote in his ruling.

A copy of the judge's ruling in the landmark antitrust case has been posted at the U.S. Government Printing Office Web site.

Microsoft, in its final brief in the case, yesterday again lambasted the government's proposal to split the company in two - separating its operating systems from its application and Web browser - as too extreme, excessively punitive and unsupported by the facts.

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