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Judge accepts Microsoft antitrust settlement By Brier Dudley Seattle Times technology reporter A federal judge approved Microsoft's antitrust settlement with the Department of Justice today, essentially rejecting calls by nine states for harsher sanctions on the company.
Supporters of the company hailed the ruling by U. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, but the judge did close some loopholes in the settlement that will lessen Microsoft's control over the programs bundled with new Windows-based PCs. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates indicated that in early readings of the ruling the company did not see "anything that would be cause for an appeal.
Attorney General John Ashcroft praised the ruling. Bill Gates calls it a milestone, but California, other states express disappointment. In a comprehensive ruling full of blunt language, U.
District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly made clear that the agreement crafted by outgoing federal antitrust chief Charles James struck an acceptable balance: It reasonably restrained Microsoft from continuing to abuse the monopoly power of its Windows operating system without hampering the company's legitimate business practices.
The judge's ruling gives legal force to the detailed settlement plan, requiring Microsoft to release more technical information to competitors about how its products tie together and to refrain from punishing com- puter makers that install non-Microsoft programs for tasks such as surfing the Internet or watching videos.
California and eight other states had sought harsher remedies to counter past and present Microsoft tactics. But many of the tactics weren't relevant under guidelines set out by a federal appeals court, the judge ruled. The Justice Department and Microsoft embraced the long-awaited ruling, and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates called it a "major milestone" that his company plans to accept.
The biggest change in the year-old settlement plan comes in how it will be enforced. Kollar-Kotelly adopted the renegade states' request that compliance efforts be directed by independent Microsoft board members, saying she would hold them accountable for any failures.
Microsoft previously had agreed to pay for a technical committee that would investigate compliance complaints and report to the Justice Department, which would in turn decide whether to complain to the court.
Kollar-Kotelly also gave the states wide latitude to inspect Microsoft documents and interview employees to ensure the sanctions are enforced. And the judge asked to keep jurisdiction of the case in order to act quickly if she determines that Microsoft violates her decree.
Tom Miller, leader of the states that pushed for tougher provisions. Kollar-Kotelly wholly rejected more than a dozen other proposals from the states to restrict Microsoft's leverage in such important emerging areas as hand-held computers, Web-based services and software for interactive television.
John Ashcroft praised the ruling, which he said created a healthy environment for the computer industry to develop "technologies with full confidence that their efforts will not be impeded by anti-competitive practices. Even as the states' attorneys general highlighted the modest changes in the settlement, they were clearly disappointed.
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