Judge sets new deadlines for Microsoft case

A week after a settlement was reached in the landmark antitrust case between the US government and Microsoft, the judge has laid...

A week after a settlement was reached in the landmark antitrust case between the US government and Microsoft, the judge has laid out how the case will proceed now that it is running on two tracks.

One deadline is for the US states that want to continue the litigation against Microsoft. The other concludes the long-running legal action brought by the US Department of Justice and several state justice departments against the software maker.

In a filing submitted in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered that the US DoJ's settlement with Microsoft would follow down "Track 1". The DoJ will be given until Thursday 15 November to file a proposed final judgment and competitive impact statement in the case.

The proposed judgment will be published in US newspapers and then be open to a 60-day public comment period. After the close of the public comment period, the court will hold a conference about whether there is the need to hold a hearing on the proposed final judgment.

Meanwhile, the US states that have decided to continue their battle against Microsoft have until 22 February 2002 to file new motions in the case.

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