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Microsoft Bids to Buy Some Time

Microsoft Corp. filed four motions today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in an effort to buy time in the case brought against the software giant by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The legal documents were posted on the Microsoft Web site today in an area the company said will be updated regularly as new documents are filed with the court or made public.

In a motion for a "Fair and Reasonable Schedule," Microsoft said it is moving for an "enlargement of time" for the company to respond to the motion for a preliminary injunction filed by the DOJ, and "for entry of a scheduling order providing Microsoft with adequate time to conduct discovery and prepare its response to the DOJ's motion."

The document cites the "breadth of the allegations raised by the DOJ's and States' motions and the unprecedented and far-reaching nature of the relief they are seeking" as the main reason for submitting the proposed schedule.

Microsoft also filed a motion to consolidate what it refers to as the "virtually identical" antitrust suits brought against it by the various U.S. States the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The full text of today's legal briefs can be viewed in the Index of Legal Documents on the Microsoft site.



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