MS/DOJ: West Virginia joins Massachusetts in appeal

MS/DOJ: West Virginia joins Massachusetts in appeal

West Virginia will join Massachusetts in appealing the recent decision of US District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in the government's antitrust case against Microsoft, according to a Microsoft spokesman.

The deadline for filing an appeal to Kollar-Kotelly's ruling, which largely accepted the terms of the remedies agreed upon by Microsoft and the US Department of Justice, is Monday. Massachusetts announced on Friday that it would appeal. None of the other states that had pressed for harsher remedies than what the settlement called for are appealing Kollar-Kotelly's decision.

The West Virginia attorney general's office was not immediately available for comment.

However, Microsoft spokesman Jim Desler said the company had heard from West Virginia. "Anyone who sat through the court remedy proceedings would have been struck by the thoughtfulness with which Kollar-Kotelly addressed all relevant issues, and her ruling reflects that," he said.

The states that declined to sign off on the government's initial proposed settlement on antitrust remedies with Microsoft are California, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Utah, and West Virginia. In addition, the District of Columbia joined the states in asking for harsher remedies.

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