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February 5, 2007

Microsoft EU appeal ruling by September

Posted by David Hunter at 1:05 PM ET.

“The mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine” or for the modern world: EU Microsoft Judge: Ruling by September:

The judge due to rule on Microsoft Corp.’s appeal against the European Commission’s antitrust order said Monday he hoped to publish his decision before he leaves office in September.

Bo Vesterdorf, the president of the Court of First Instance, refused to give a precise deadline for his ruling.

“Obviously we would do our very best to get the case out as soon as at all possible,” he told reporters at an Informa legal conference in Brussels. “It’s a very big case.”

Microsoft is challenging the European Union’s 2004 antitrust order, which found the software maker broke competition law and fined it a record 497 million euros ($613 million).

This decision had been anticipated in the the first part of 2007 and in case all the EU antitrust actions are running together in one vast blur, the appellate trial before the European Court of First Instance was held last April. There has also been some speculation that the European Commission will take no action on Vista or Office 2007 until the decision on the appeal is rendered.

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

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One Response to “Microsoft EU appeal ruling by September”

  1. Slow motion buzz: EU Court Microsoft ruling on Sept. 17? -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] The president of the European Court of First Instance had promised a ruling in September on the Microsoft appeal of the European Commission’s antitrust judgement against them. Now “sources” say that the big day will be September 17. Other than the novelty of rumors about a process that moves with glacial slowness, the possibility exists that the Court may spank the European Commission and reduce or eliminate the penalties and restrictions they imposed on Microsoft. Conversely, there is also speculation that a favorable verdict for the European Commission might unleash them to go after Vista. Filed under Legal, Governmental Relations, General Business, Antitrust, Microsoft [...]

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