Microsoft Judge Wants Case Closed Microchip-Fast

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Mindful, perhaps, that even many of Microsoft's fiercest competitors are spinning his ruling against Microsoft as backward-looking, Judge Jackson is making it clear that he wants to get the remedies phase and Supreme Court appeals over as quickly as possible.

"That's the desideratum, to get it resolved in 60 days," said U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, referring to his decision on penalties, in the released transcript of a closed meeting yesterday afternoon with Microsoft and state and Justice Department trustbusters. It was only on Monday that the judge found Microsoft in violation of antitrust laws, guilty of undermining competition through its abuse of monopoly power in the personal computer industry.