Coming soon to a compromise in the antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft?
The antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft slowly seems to be entering its final phase. After the responsible judge Collen Kollar-Kotelly rejected an application for the termination of proceedings by Microsoft a week ago, the judge is probably trying to find a compromise in this legal dispute.
So she has now asked the plaintiffs to sort the complaints according to priority and to submit them accordingly. Since the out-of-court agreement between Microsoft and the Ministry of Justice was seen by nine states as too small a measure, they should now present how this agreement could be changed in order to be accepted. Microsoft was also taken to the prayer by the judge and asked to explain which of the lawsuits against the company was the least burdensome for Microsoft. In the end, both parties should explain which complaints are most important to them and which can be treated with lower priority. Since both parties recently submitted their final assessments of the facts to Kollar-Kotelly, which also includes the assessment of the effects each measure could have, the judges must now form their own picture. However, the judge has already announced that she is considering conditions that will go beyond the proposed out-of-court settlement.