Breakup Order Heads for Appeals Court

Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, following a script written by the Department of Justice (DoJ), has ordered that Microsoft be broken into two companies and has imposed strict rules on Microsoft’s conduct. The final judgment brings the Microsoft trial to an end after two years, but appears to have only set the stage for an appeals process, which could last even longer. Microsoft has applied to stay Judge Jackson’s judgment and says it will appeal the judgment to the Court of Appeals. The DoJ says it wants to take the case directly to the Supreme Court.

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