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Government urges judge to accept Microsoft settlement

The U.S. Justice Department has urged U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who is presiding over the landmark antitrust case against Microsoft, to accept the proposed and controversial settlement the government reached with the software giant. Lawyers told the judge the settlement “will eliminate Microsoft’s illegal practices, prevent recurrence of the same or similar practices, and restore the competitive threat that (other software) products posed prior to Microsoft’s unlawful undertakings.” The Register, meanwhile, has published an interesting article analyzing the rationale the government has used to justify the settlement. Kollar-Kotelly has up to 60 days since the settlement was reached to decide whether to accept, modify, or reject it.

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