Microsoft, EU May Soon Strike Antitrust Accord

Law360, New York (September 23, 2009, 5:59 PM EDT) -- European antitrust regulators and technology giant Microsoft Corp. may be closing in on a settlement that reportedly would coalesce before European Union Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes' current term ends in two months.

Kroes said she was eager to come to terms with Microsoft — which the European Commission already has slapped with almost €1.7 billion ($2.5 billion) in antitrust fines since 2004 — though any deal would be closely reviewed by her legal staff, according to the International Herald Tribune.

She said that in the next...
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