Justice Department seeking to expedite penalty phase of case against Microsoft

Wednesday, August 29th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Justice Department asked the new judge in the Microsoft case to meet with government and Microsoft lawyers within the next 10 days to discuss a schedule for moving the case along.

Citing ``the strong public interest in a prompt and orderly resolution of the remaining issues in this case,'' the department on Wednesday filed a motion with U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly for an expedited status conference.

The move illustrates the government's resolve in pushing ahead with the long-festering case. A federal appeals court denied Microsoft's bid to delay the case and sent it back to the district court last week.

Kollar-Kotelly, a Clinton appointee randomly chosen by computer to take over the case on Friday, will decide how Microsoft should be punished for illegally trying to squelch its software competitors.

She replaces Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, who had ordered Microsoft to be split into two separate companies but was later removed from the case. An appeals court upheld his finding of antitrust violations but overturned his breakup order.

Microsoft has also appealed to the Supreme Court.