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February 15, 2006

European Commission immediately rejects one of Microsoft’s arguments

Posted by David Hunter at 1:45 PM ET.

In an uncharacteristic burst of speed, the European Commission has already rejected one of Microsoft’s arguments in the response filed earlier today. Reuters:

The European Commission immediately rejected one of Microsoft Corp’s defences against a possible 2 million euro daily antitrust fine and said on Wednesday it was analysing other aspects of the statement.

The Commission claims that materials which Microsoft contends the Commission ignored, were received on Dec. 26 after the Commission had already issued its ruling.

Update: More details here:

The Commission flatly rejected Microsoft’s contention, saying documents were available only at the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash.

Microsoft’s obligation was to present the Commission in Brussels with evidence that it had complied and that was not done until Dec. 26, the Commission said.

In any event, the Commission said the revised documentation was essentially the same as the earlier, problematic version.

Filed under Antitrust, General Business, Governmental Relations, Legal

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