Thursday, April 16, 2009
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
DOJ has announced that it has extended the Microsoft Final Judgment by at least 18 months.
Update (April 17): As Jay Himes (Labaton Sucharow) reminds me:
Note as well that,
in this landmark antitrust case, the DOJ's enforcement authority over all
substantive parts of the Final Judgment other than the communications protocol
provision (section III.E) in fact ended in November 2007. The only enforcers
with responsibility for the non-III.E sections are the States, and that
condition will continue until May 2011. This includes management of the
Technical Committee so that, as to all non-III.E sections, the New York Group of
States oversees the TC. On section III.E, the New York Group, together with the
DOJ, co-oversee the TC.
That is the result
of the Court's Jan. 2008 ruling extending the Final Judgments on behalf of the
States over the opposition of both Microsoft and the DOJ as amicus.