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Microsoft Case split 9/9.

  11/7/2001 - Wednesday, November 07, 2001 10:18:57 AM MST Albuquerque, Nm
  By Dustin D. Brand; Owner AMO

Actually, Microsofts' Anti-Trust Settlement is split 11/9 in favor of MS if you count the DOJ and New Mexico.
  As I wrote a day before the settlement was officially announced, and as was easily predicted, 9 of the 18 states left in the suit against Microsoft want more time to review the settlement.

  As was also easily predictable, the leftover states may be left out on their own as the 9 is surely to shrink even more so in favor of Microsoft.

  The historical November 6th stipulation read in part: "Plaintiffs United States of America ("United States") and the States of New York, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin and Defendant Microsoft Corporation ("Microsoft"), by and through their respective attorneys, having agreed to the entry of this Stipulation, it is hereby stipulated and agreed that:"

  So those are the 9 states that agreed to the joint US Department of Justice and Microsoft Settlement. Which states does that leave still reviewing the settlement?

  California, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Utah and West Virginia are still reviewing the settlement and have not yet agreed as of Nov. 7th, 2001.

  The federal government brought suit against Microsoft officially in 1998, but the probe into Microsoft and anti-competitive practices dates back to 1994. New Mexico was the first state to privately settle with Microsoft in August, and brought the number of states joined with the DOJ to 18.

  Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who did not sign onto the proposal, said that the settlement is a "triumph of hope over history," a deal that is "good but may not be good enough." Blumenthal also said: "My present intention is to proceed in the litigation."

  The state of Iowa, which is also still reviewing the settlement; said: "We in Iowa continue to look at the agreement. We move on with the litigation, (but) we are open to settlement talks," Iowa's attorney general, Tom Miller. "We congratulate the states that settled."

  The leftover states will have few choices left since the DOJ, and now 10 states has settled with Microsoft. The choices for the remaining states are to settle, or proceed on their own in a continuing and costly litigation battle with the worlds most successful Business - Microsoft.

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