The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Microsoft filed formal paperwork Wednesday to extend part of an antitrust judgment against the company for at least two years.
The extension of U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly’s November 2002 antitrust settlement would give Microsoft more time to complete work on technical documentation for licensees of its communications protocols. The DOJ and Microsoft filed a joint request Wednesday for Kollar-Kotelly to approve the extension, which the DOJ proposed in May.
We mentioned it in May and this is basically a formality since it had already been approved by Judge Kollar-Kotelly, but it’s that pesky documentation again that also tripped Microsoft up with the European Union. The plaintiffs can also ask for an additional three year extension if they believe Microsoft still hasn’t gotten it right.