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What's Next for Microsoft
Associated Press
The Justice Department and 19 states were asking a federal judge to break up Microsoft into two companies as a proposed sanction against the company, which earlier this month was found in wide violation of U.S. antitrust law. Here's what happens next:

— Microsoft responds.

The company has until May 10 to submit its response to the government's proposal. However, company executives already have said they will need more time to respond to a proposal that suggests an extensive overhaul as a divestiture. Microsoft is expected to request an extension from the judge overseeing the case, U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson.

— Government files its rebuttal.

The government will counter the brief filed by Microsoft and has until May 17 to do so. But that deadline is expected to be pushed back if Jackson postpones Microsoft May 10 deadline.

— Judge holds a hearing on remedies.

The hearing is tentatively scheduled for May 24. Its length depend on various factors, including whether witnesses will be allowed to testify.

— Judge rules on a remedy; Microsoft appeals.

Once Jackson releases his decision on what sanctions to impose, Microsoft may officially appeal his verdict. The company, which will contend it never broke the law in the first place, will take its case to either U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which has ruled in favor of Microsoft in related cases, or directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.


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