DOJ says Microsoft has offered no settlement

The US Department of Justice says it has has not received a settlement proposal from Microsoft in its antitrust case against the software giant. Reports quoting Microsoft sources have claimed Microsoft and the government would soon begin settlement discussions.

The US Department of Justice has not received a settlement proposal from Microsoft in its antitrust case against the software giant.

Reports yesterday credited unnamed Microsoft sources with saying that Microsoft and the government would soon begin settlement discussions, but the head of the government's Antitrust Division issued a statement that Microsoft had made no offers.

"We have not received any settlement proposal from Microsoft," said Assistant Attorney General Joel Klein in a statement.

A Department of Justice spokeswoman declined to comment on whether the government and the company were engaged in settlement discussions.

Klein noted in his statement that the government is open to any settlement that protects consumers and prevents similar antitrust violations. His only other comment was possibly a jab at the unnamed Microsoft sources.

"Let me just add that if there are to be any settlement discussions, it is best that they occur directly between the parties," Klein said in his statement.

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