Yale Antitrust Expert Comments on U.S. v. Microsoft Settlement
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- George Priest, antitrust expert and John M. Olin Professor of Law and Economics at Yale Law School, offers the following analysis of today's developments in U.S. v. Microsoft: "The Settlement Agreement between the Justice Department and Microsoft is in the public interest because it tracks almost exactly the June 28th legal ruling of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. In fact, the Agreement goes beyond the Court's ruling so the Justice Department obtained more in the settlement than might have been possible in court. "In addition to the D.C. Circuit's prohibitions, the Agreement requires Microsoft to disclose middleware interfaces and to publish communications protocols to allow server interoperability, neither of which issues was a part of the original case. "Most importantly, the Agreement vastly enhances enforcement by the creation of a full-time Technical Committee to move into Microsoft headquarters and review and examine all of Microsoft's behavior. "The states that have refused to join the Agreement have complaints not with the Justice Department, but with the ruling of the Court of Appeals. Their complaint is no different from a Yankee fan complaining about giving the trophy to Arizona on the grounds that the Yankees were ahead in the 8th inning. The remedies they still want, they lost when the Court vacated Judge Jackson's Interim Order." MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X11821368
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