[LINK] Fury in US over Microsoft's EU slap
j.e.drews at worldnet.att.net
Fri Mar 26 00:51:53 EST 2004
On Thu, 2004-03-25 at 16:18, Howard Lowndes wrote:
> It's all about it being bad for the US economy and consumers, and not
> about it being good for EU consumers.
Hello Howard and Linkers:
Interesting news here:
Holdout state in Microsoft U.S. antitrust case praises European sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The attorney general for the only holdout state in
the U.S. antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. is praising dramatic
sanctions imposed this week by European regulators against the world's
largest software company.
Thomas F. Reilly of Massachusetts said the U.S. government should have
sought similarly harsh penalties against Microsoft before the Bush
administration and 19 states agreed to settle its landmark antitrust
case. Reilly is awaiting a U.S. appeals ruling on whether that
settlement was adequate.
"It's another continent but somebody finally decided to deal with
Microsoft, which is something the Department of Justice avoided in the
latest round," Reilly said in a telephone interview. "The European Union
seems to have the will to deal with this situation."
Massachusetts has argued that the settlement -- approved by the trial
judge in November 2002 -- was so profoundly flawed that it represented
an abuse of the judge's discretion. A decision on the subject by The
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is expected
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