Microsoft Antitrust Trial Focuses On Media Player Rivalry

Law360, New York (April 25, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Microsoft's strategy to beat out rival Real Networks in the media player market took center stage Tuesday as lawyers for the software giant and the European Commission crossed swords before Europe’s second-highest court in Luxembourg.

During the second day of hearings Tuesday, the 13-judge panel that comprises Europe’s Court of First Instance questioned Microsoft counsel Jean-Francois Bellis and European Commission lawyer Per Hellstrom about the arguments laid out in Monday’s opening statements.

The judges asked Bellis about internal communications from Microsoft, which the software giant’s critics...
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