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March 2, 2006

EU says Microsoft on double secret probation

Posted by David Hunter at 2:06 PM ET.

The Microsoft antitrust fight with the European Commission is yielding a wealth of entertainment. The AP story I linked earlier today has just been updated:

Microsoft Corp. will be fined if it keeps up its current conduct, the EU’s antitrust chief warned Thursday after the company accused the EU of withholding documents and colluding with Microsoft’s rivals before filing charges last December.

“If we pursue the line we are following now, there will be fines and they won’t be small fines,” EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes told Dow Jones Newswires.

I’m sure that prospect has occurred to Microsoft.



Filed under Antitrust, General Business, Governmental Relations, Legal

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One Response to “EU says Microsoft on double secret probation”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » Microsoft asks US court for rivals’ docs in EU case Says:

    [...] Yesterday’s twists ([1], [2]) in the Microsoft European Union antitrust case were exciting, but there’s a topper today – Microsoft asks US courts to intervene in EU case: Microsoft Corp said on Friday it had asked U.S. Federal courts to force IBM, Sun Microsystems Inc, Oracle Corp and Novell Inc to give it documents in its battle against the European Commission. … Microsoft, citing a law that allows U.S. courts to order companies to turn over evidence for use in foreign and international tribunals, said it had filed papers in San Jose, California, New York and Boston. [...]

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