Antitrust Law

Microsoft, Trust Busters Inch Toward a Deal

So burdened with technicalities was Microsoft's Friday proposal to settle the government's case against it that a hoped-for weekend settlement was rendered all but impossible. Still, government lawyers, sifting through the complicated details, found several concessions that might allow CEO Steve Ballmer and Joel Klein, the government's chief antitrust officer, to meet and possibly put the matter to rest this week--before U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson rules in a case that was tried last year. The key is the company's reported willingness to unbundle its Internet Explorer from Windows, the heart of the suit. Microsoft also appears willing to loosen...

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