Judge: Trade Groups Cannot Appeal Microsoft Decision

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled yesterday that two trade associations that oppose her decision in the Microsoft antitrust case can't appeal that decision. Judge Kollar-Kotelly said the two organizations, which represent computer hardware and software companies, failed to justify their appeal but are entitled to pursue their own antitrust cases against Microsoft, as Sun Microsystems has done. She also noted a lack of legal precedent. "Nothing prevents (the associations) or their membership from pursuing their own antitrust actions against Microsoft," Judge Kollar-Kotelly wrote in her ruling.  Microsoft and the trade organizations declined to comment on the ruling.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) petitioned Judge Kollar-Kotelly last month, arguing that their intervention could restore competition to the computer industry. The groups' members include several Microsoft rivals, including AOL Time Warner, Oracle, and Sun, as well as several Microsoft partners, such as Dow Jones & Company and Verizon.

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