Meet the Mediator

Richard Posner is one of America's most brilliant jurists. But can he settle the Microsoft case?

The Microsoft media pack was out in force last week outside Chicago's prestigious Standard Club. Its target was Judge Richard Posner, the recently appointed mediator in the government's landmark antitrust lawsuit. When reporters fired questions at Posner just before his first meeting with the parties, he had a crisp answer: "Get out of my way, please."

It's a new day in the Microsoft case. Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson last month appointed Posner to try to mediate the case, and the action has now moved from Jackson's courthouse in Washington to Chicago, where Posner is presiding over closed-door conferences intended to push...

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