Monday, June 16, 2003

Antitrust News: And Then There Was One...

Microsoft had a busy day. First they settled state antitrust claims in North Carolina, then they managed to get West Virginia to drop their appeal of the federal antitrust settlement:
West Virginia's attorney general has agreed a settlement that would end his appeal of the landmark Microsoft Corp. MSFT.O antitrust settlement, leaving Massachusetts as the final hold-out pushing for stricter sanctions, the software giant said on Monday.
West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw agreed to drop out of the appeal as part of a broad agreement that would also settle suits filed under state laws by state authorities and class action attorneys in West Virginia, Microsoft said.

Massachusetts and West Virginia had asked a federal appeals court to strike down the settlement deal and impose more stringent sanctions against Microsoft.

Last year, a lower court judge approved the settlement deal between Microsoft, the U.S. Justice Department and other states that had joined the case.

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