Friday, September 14, 2007

Microsoft, Microsoft and More Microsoft

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

This coming week will be a big one for Microsoft.  On September 17, the European Union's Court of First Instance rules on the appeal of the European Commission's 2004 decision against Microsoft,Case T-201-04, Microsoft v. Commission.  The CFI decision has the potential to be the most important (and perhaps most troubling) antitrust decision in the CFI's history.  I will not try to predict the outcome of the case- in part because at the IBA annual antitrust conference in Fiesole, a number of antitrust experts already did so.  These experts are: Greg McCurdy of Microsoft, Ian Forrester, QC of White & Case, and Jean Francois Bellis of Van Bael & Bellis. Download McCurdy.pdf Download Forrester.pdf Download Bellis.pdf

As an additional treat, we will have distinguished professors William Page of the University of Florida Levin College of Law and John Lopatka of Penn State Dickinson College of Law guest blogging with us to discuss their new excellent book The Microsoft Case: Antitrust, High Technology, and Consumer Welfare (University of Chicago Press 2007).  If you do not yet have this book, order it asap!

Full disclosure: I have in the past received money to pursue scholarship from Microsoft but it has not been on any of the issues discussed in this blog post.  Instead, the money has allowed me to continue to pursue work in technical assistance in antitrust.  The fruits of that labor will be unveiled at the Canadian Law and Economics Association annual conference later this month at the University of Toronto.

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