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DOJ seeks end to Microsoft antitrust case

The US department of Justice (DOJ) has taken a significant step forward in its bid to secure an early resolution of the long-running antitrust case against Microsoft.

Acting on what it said was a "strong public interest in a prompt and orderly resolution of the remaining issues", the DOJ filed a motion with the US District Court asking for an expedited status conference.

It also urged the court to request a meeting between the two sides in order to "address procedures and schedule for discovery and further proceedings".

An appeals court officially returned aspects of the case to the District Court last Friday. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly was subsequently chosen to preside over the proceedings.

The appellate court agreed with District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's finding that Microsoft was an illegal monopoly, but sent back his order that Microsoft should be broken up into two separate companies for a rehearing.

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