MS/DOJ: Trial's restart date a moving target

The Microsoft antitrust trial will apparently not resume in May after all. The software giant and the US Department of Justice were expected to meet again in court next week or the following week, after the trial recessed in February because of other cases on US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's schedule. Now it looks like June 1.

The Microsoft antitrust trial will apparently not resume in May after all.

The software giant and the US Department of Justice were expected to meet again in court next week or the following week, after the trial recessed in February because of other cases on US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's schedule.

But now, two sources close to the case said Friday, the courtroom spectacle will not resume until June, at the earliest.

"June 1 is the day everyone seems to be settling on," one source said.

Contributing factors include several depositions still needing to be taken from rebuttal witnesses, and conflicting cases on the schedule of David Boies, the federal government's lead attorney.

The lawsuit charging Microsoft with anticompetitive behavior began October 1998, and recessed in February.

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