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Microsoft files brief to Supreme Court

Software giant playing for time

Microsoft today filed a brief to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review its antitrust case.

Microsoft has been expected to argue the nation's top court that an appeal through traditional channels is warranted, as the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ's) case against the software maker is full of factual and legal errors.

A District Court already granted the government's request to sidestep the District Court of Appeals and have the case reviewed by the Supreme Court.

DOJ officials and the states involved are expected to reply to Microsoft's brief on 15 August. Microsoft could reply to that brief by 22 August.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered in June that Microsoft be split into two companies: one focused on operating systems and the other an applications company.

He also ruled that Microsoft be subject to a set of behavioral remedies. All of the remedies have been "stayed" until the appeals process is complete.


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