Kroes Rebukes U.S. Criticism Of Microsoft Ruling

Law360, New York (September 20, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- European Union Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes on Wednesday denounced U.S. Department of Justice comments that criticized a European high court for upholding a €497 million antitrust fine for Microsoft Corp.

The transatlantic battle of words started shortly after the European Court of First Instance upheld on Monday a longstanding European Commission antitrust ruling that imposed the landmark fine on Microsoft in 2004.

U.S. Assistant Attorney General Thomas O. Barnett, a former Microsoft lawyer, criticized the ruling. He said that the legal standard that court had set...
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