Thursday, September 20, 2007

U.S. DOJ says MS Euro ruling chills innovation and harms competition

What other companies helped with the ruling?

I.B.M., Oracle, Red Hat, RealNetworks and Nokia have applied to intervene against Microsoft in its court appeal of a European Union antitrust ruling last year, said the lawyer, Thomas Vinje.

What other companies are exposed to potential judgements against them?

Maybe Apple & Adobe?

A U.S. official's criticism of a European Union court ruling dismissing Microsoft's monopoly abuse appeal was "totally unacceptable," EU antitrust chief Neelie Kroes said Wednesday.

Kroes said it was wrong for a representative of the U.S. administration to criticize "an independent court of law outside its jurisdiction."

"The European Commission does not pass judgment on rulings by U.S. courts, and we expect the same degree of respect from U.S. authorities on rulings by EU courts," she said. "It is absolutely not done."

U.S. criticism of Microsoft ruling unacceptable, EU says

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