Both sides name lawyers for MS appeal

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Microsoft late last Friday both named the attorneys who will argue their cases in the software vendor's appeal of the antitrust lawsuit brought against it by the DOJ.

          The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Microsoft have named their attorneys to argue their cases in the software vendor's appeal of the antitrust lawsuit brought against it by the DOJ.

          Following an exchange of briefs later this month -- the DOJ brief is due January 12 and Microsoft's response should come January 29 -- the sides will go to the appeals court for two days of oral arguments February 26 and 27.

          In April of last year, US District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson determined that Microsoft had broken US antitrust law. He ordered Microsoft to be broken into two pieces and placed restrictions on the company's business practices. However, he then stayed his orders pending Microsoft's appeal.

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