Wired News meldt dat de partijen in de anti-trustzaak tegen Microsoft van rechter Thomas Jackson tot 6 april de tijd krijgen om overeenstemming te bereiken. Mocht dit niet lukken dan komt de DOJ waarschijnlijk met harde maatregelen:
Jackson has made it clear to both sides he would prefer to see them settle the case, which antitrust lawyers say could last until 2002 or longer with appeals, rather than issue his next ruling.
Wasch said Posner was highly committed to bringing the case to a conclusion. "Basically, this is Judge Posner saying, 'Microsoft has put something on the table. Let's spend some time talking about it.'"
Microsoft has proposed remedies that would force it to change its business practices, but has ruled out a structural remedy such as breaking up the company, sources said.
But Wasch said neither the Justice Department nor most of the states "have taken structural remedies off the table." A structural remedy commonly refers to the breaking up of a company.