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June 26, 2007

Antitrust judge tells Google to work through plaintiffs

Posted by David Hunter at 1:52 PM ET.

Google’s attempt yesterday to inject itself into the compliance procedures for the US Microsoft antitrust settlement were today rejected by the judge overseeing the case:

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said Google should take its concerns about Vista to the Justice Department and the states, adding that Google is not a party in this case. The judge said she would hear the government’s views on how to deal with the concerns.

“I do rely on the plaintiffs as the representative of consumers,” the judge said, referring to the government.

With regard to Google’s request to extend the Microsoft consent decree, Kollar-Kotelly said she would rule on that in the future after hearing more information from all the parties.

As I said, yesterday, there doesn’t appear to be any shortage of state attorneys general sympathetic to Google, so it’s a bit of a puzzle why they bothered with this.

Filed under Antitrust, Coopetition, General Business, Google, Governmental Relations, Legal, Microsoft

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