In arguments before the European Union's Court of First Instance Thursday, Microsoft said that the court should suspend penalties imposed on the company by the European Commission for violating Europe's anti-trust law. In March, the Commission ordered Microsoft to pay a $612 million fine, make changes to its operating system, and to provide more information to its rivals.
Microsoft is arguing that the Commission order infringes on its limited-time exclusive rights, including its patents, copyright and trademarks and would do it irreparable harm. Reuters has more. Read the Commission's archived press release on the sanctions that were imposed against Microsoft and its entire decision [PDF]. Microsoft has background materials (scroll down) on its legal battles with the European Commission.
Previously on JURIST's Paper Chase...
- Microsoft still hopeful for EU settlement
- Microsoft, European Commission to meet with European court
- European Commission temporarily suspends Microsoft antitrust sanctions
- Microsoft files appeal in European antitrust ruling
- State Department questions EU's Microsoft ruling
- Microsoft hit with record EU antitrust fine