Our colleagues from Massachusetts are appealing the decision, and we
wish them well. There are serious issues subject to appeal. West Virginia
will make its decision by Monday. [The States that pursued the remedy
phase are: CA, CT, FL, IA, KS, MA, MN, UT, WV, plus DC.]
For most of our states, it is time to dedicate our resources to enforcement
of the decree and the law.
Microsoft broke the law. That was the judgment of the Federal District
Court and a unanimous U.S. Court of Appeals. The company was judged to
be a monopolist that abused its monopoly power and violated the nation's
Microsoft will pay the States $28.6 million. As is traditional when the
plaintiff prevails in an antitrust case, Microsoft will pay the States
$25 million for their attorney fees and costs of the litigation.
Microsoft also is paying $3.6 million that the States will use for continued
enforcement and compliance. The compliance funds will be used by the states
for an aggressive enforcement effort. The States retain the option of
asking the courts for additional enforcement funds.
The case exposed the company's illegal practices, and now the world looks
differently at Microsoft. Indeed, the world is watching Microsoft's conduct.
Competitors, entrepreneurs and the public are watching. The Court - which
retained jurisdiction - is watching the conduct of Microsoft. And the
States are watching. We will be vigilant and hold the company to compliance,
to make certain that Microsoft does not abuse its extraordinary market
power in violation of the law and the Courts' decisions.
We made progress in the remedy phase that will help enforcement. Now
there is a court-ordered decree. Loopholes were closed. We strengthened
the ability of entrepreneurs to create and offer products and "cool new
things" that would work with Microsoft's Windows operating system. The
Court strengthened enforcement procedures by ordering independent Microsoft
board member oversight and requiring a compliance officer to report if
there are possible violations, and the Court retained jurisdiction in
This antitrust case has been good for competition, good for innovation,
good for business, and, most important, good for consumers in all our
states. We will continue to pursue these benefits through vigilant enforcement.
[END of statement.]
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