Thursday, June 26, 2003

Antitrust News: Court Overturns Microsoft Injunction

This from the AP:

A federal appeals court overturned a judge's order that would have forced Microsoft to include competitor Sun Microsystems' Java software in its Windows operating system.

The ruling represents a victory for Microsoft in its drawn-out legal battle with Sun over the Java software.

The unanimous decision Thursday by the three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a December ruling by a federal judge in Baltimore.

Java software is used to create interactive programs on Web sites that users can run regardless of what operating system or Web browser their computer uses.

The injunction would have required the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant to include Sun's Java technology in its Windows XP operating system until the lower court can rule on a lawsuit filed by Sun accusing Microsoft of anticompetitive practices.

Sun's case is one of four private antitrust lawsuits brought after another federal judge ruled in a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department and 18 states that Microsoft acted as an illegal monopoly based on its dominance in desktop operating systems.
I wrote in December that U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz's ruling had to be one of the most bizarre we have seen, even in as bizarre a field as antitrust. Bravo to the 4th Circuit for rejecting this unwarranted order.

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