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DOJ, Microsoft release witness lists

DOJ, Microsoft release witness lists

Executives at Netscape Communications, Sun Microsystems, Intel, IBM, Apple Computer, America Online and Intuit were called by the US Government to testify in the antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft according to court documents filed last week.

While, in addition to Microsoft executives, the software vendor's witness list includes executives from Compaq Computer and Rational Software.

The plaintiffs' respective witness lists were filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia last week by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), together with 20 state attorneys general and by Microsoft.

The DOJ and the state attorneys general sued Microsoft in May of this year alleging that the software vendor had violated federal antitrust laws, including allegedly trying to dominate the Internet browser market.

The DOJ's witness list includes: James Barksdale, president and chairman of Netscape; David Colburn, senior vice president of business affairs for AOL, James Gosling, vice president and fellow at Sun; William Harris, president and chief executive officer of Intuit; Steven McGeady, vice president of the content group and health technology initiative at Intel; John Soyring, director of network computing services at IBM; Avadis Tevanian, senior vice president of software engineering at Apple.

Listed as expert witnesses for the DOJ are: Glenn Weardock, president of Independent Software in Colorado; Frederick Warren-Boulton, principal at Microeconomic Consulting Research & Associates in Washington, D.C; David Farber, professor of telecommunications at the University of Pennsylvania; Edward Felten, assistant professor of computer science at Princeton University; and Franklin Fisher, professor of economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

According to Microsoft's filing, the software company will now call only one expert witness -- Professor Richard Schmalensee, Gordon Y. Billard Professor of Economics and Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Interim Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management.

In the filing Microsoft opted to make two changes from its original witness list released on September 4.

"Since the original filing, we looked at the government's witness list and fine tuned our own list," said Microsoft spokesman Tom Pilla.

The software vendor decided to drop its other expert witness Michael Dertouzos, director of the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science and Microsoft Director of Windows Marketing Yusuf Mehdi in favor of Microsoft executives Thomas Reardon and Jeff Raikes. Reardon is program manager, interactive media group at Microsoft, while Jeff Raikes is Microsoft's senior vice president, North American sales.

In its filing, Microsoft said that topics Reardon is expected to testify about include the company's development of its Internet Explorer Web browser during 1994 and 1995 and Microsoft's attempts to work together with rival Netscape during that time frame. According to the filing, Raikes is expected to testify in relation to "the popularity with customers of Microsoft's inclusion of Internet Explorer technologies in Windows" among other topicsThe two other non-Microsoft employees on the software giant's witness list are John Rose, senior vice president and group general manager for enterprise computing at Compaq and Michael Devlin, president of Rational.

Other Microsoft executives listed to testify for the company include Paul Maritz, group vice president, platforms and applications; James Allchin, senior vice president, personal and business systems; Joachim Kempin, senior vice president, OEM Sales; Brad Chase, vice president, developer relations & Windows marketing; and Cameron Myhrvold, vice president, Internet customer unit, strategic relationsBoth sides were limited to 12 witnesses at trial, which is scheduled to begin Oct. 15. However, the DOJ requested earlier this week that the date be pushed back to Oct. 19. Microsoft has agreed to the proposed change which is due to be ruled upon by the federal judge in the case tomorrow morning.

Earlier, a judge refused to grant Microsoft access to taped interviews with Netscape executives two college professors collected as part of their research on a book about the browser war. The DOJ also filed a motion asking the court to order Microsoft to provide access to its computers that contain the software giant's sales databases.


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