PublishedAugust 10, 2001

Microsoft Arguments Rejected By The Justice Department

Washington, DC- Ed Black, President & CEO of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) released the following statement in support of the Department of Justice’s motion to the Appeals Court, which asked the Court to reject Microsoft’s attempts at delaying the outcome of the trial:

“In its’ filing today the Government stresses that proceedings before a new judge need to begin immediately because Microsoft is an unchecked monopolist and in violation of the Section 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act. The speed and substance of the government’s filing demonstrates yet again its commitment to enforcing the law and restoring competition to our industry.

“As the Government’s filing explains, Microsoft has very little chance of getting the Court to hear this appeal. While Microsoft would of course like to do anything to avoid returning to District Court, their petition for certorari does nothing to demonstrate a compelling basis for review by the high court. Microsoft’s efforts to delay this judicial process and forestall the imposition of remedies for its unlawful activities are regrettable.

“We are hopeful that the court will move quickly to advance these proceedings without delay. Microsoft is an adjudicated monopolist who continues to deliver anticompetitive, illegal products into the marketplace. Their products hurt innovation, unfairly impede competition, and in the end, harm consumers. We hope the court will act swiftly to discount Microsoft’s petition and send the case back to the district court for further proceedings.”

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