federal appeals court in the United States has reversed an order by
a lower court for the break-up of the computer software company, Microsoft.
The appeals court strongly criticised and removed the judge in the
lower court. From Washington, Paul Reynolds, reports.
appeals court threw out Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's proposed
remedy, the break-up of Microsoft, while partly accepting
his diagnosis as to the company's activities. It said that the judge
had engaged in serious misconduct, and had tainted
the proceedings by giving secret interviews to the media
and by personally attacking Microsoft personnel, especially
its founder, Bill Gates. He'd ordered the case back to the lower
court with a different judge.
- a successful way of dealing with a problem
- the division of a business into smaller parts
- bad behaviour especially by a professional person, like a judge
- legal action which is taken against a person or a company.
- the people who work for a particular business or organisation.
it gave a mixed verdict on Microsoft itself. It rejected
the judges findings that the company had tried to monopolise
the internet browser market, but did accept that it had acted unlawfully
over its operating system. Microsoft welcomed the overall decision,
but so did the Department of Justice, each praising those aspects
favourable to itself. The outcome is likely to be that Microsoft
will have to pay for its misdeeds, but this might now be
settled out of court, and the company might not be broken
- the decision at the end of a trial in a court of law
- the conclusions which are come to after hearing the facts
- to have a large share of a market and prevent other companies
from having their share
outcome - the result
- something bad which a person or organisation has done
out of court - agree to end a disagreement or dispute without
going to a court of law, or not waiting for a court's decision;
for example by offering to pay money to the other person