Judge grants one-week delay

Microsoft has won a request to delay the latest set of hearings in its ongoing antitrust case.

Microsoft has won a request to delay the latest set of hearings in its ongoing antitrust case.

Nine states and the District of Columbia, which did not sign on to the proposed settlement Microsoft forged with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and nine other states, were scheduled to face off against Microsoft in a set of hearings to begin on 11 March.

During a pre-trial conference, District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who is overseeing the case, granted a request by Microsoft to postpone the start of the remedy hearings by one week.

The nine non-settling states had recently made some last-minute changes to their proposed set of remedies - a move that was intended to tighten the language of the sanctions those states are seeking. As a result, Microsoft asked the court to push back the remedy hearings to give it time to react to those changes.

A number of witnesses, including top Microsoft executives and officials from rival companies, are expected to testify in the remedy proceedings.

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