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U.S. Appeals Court Agrees to Take Microsoft Case

Aired June 19, 2000 - 2:12 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Microsoft won a round today in its antitrust battle with the federal government. The U.S. Court of Appeals says it will get involved in the case, but there's a "but" here.

CNN's Steve Young joins us from Washington with developments -- Steve.

STEVE YOUNG, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Natalie, there's always a "but." This is something for everybody. Yes, Microsoft did get the court of appeals to say it's going to take the case, and it set up a briefing schedule. But in that same page-and-a-half order, the court of appeals said that if Judge Penfield Jackson over at the district court -- actually, in the same building a couple of floors below -- certifies the case, which means formally sends it to the Supreme Court for direct appeal, then the court of appeals will suspend its briefing schedule. And that would be a victory for the government.

It also means that Microsoft faces these tough business restrictions starting September 5 from the -- flowing from the final judgment that Microsoft is a predatory monopolist, and that appears to mean that if Microsoft will get a stay of those business conduct controls, it's going to have to go to the Supreme Court, most probably to Justice William Rehnquist, who is the justice on the Supreme Court who manages or oversees the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

So it's a mixed bag -- something in it for Microsoft, something for the government -- Natalie.

ALLEN: All right, Steve Young. We're glad you're here to explain it all to us. You stay close by.

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