Microsoft and the US Department of Justice (DoJ) could be suffering from an attack of shyness, reports suggested this week. Both sides in the antitrust dispute case are believed to have agreed to a two-week delay in the trial as they work out how to face the public.
The problem stems from the court decision to allow members of the public to attend the depositions of Microsoft chief executive Bill Gates and other senior Microsoft executives. Several media organisations had exploited an obscure loophole in the law to win the right to attend.
However, this has created logistical problems, as the two sides have to work out how to protect sensitive trade information, as well as deciding where the interviews will be held, and which members of the press and public will be allowed to attend.
The DoJ is believed to have agreed to Microsoft's call for a two-week delay, and both sides have petitioned US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson to postpone the trial, which is scheduled to begin on 8 September.
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