The Attorneys General of the nine US states opposed to the agreed antitrust settlement with Microsoft have accused the company of further delaying tactics by providing a list of 21 new witnesses, including Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.
"By adding 23 previously undisclosed witnesses to its final witness list at the last minute, Microsoft is obviously trying yet again to derail this remedy proceeding to the detriment of consumers and competitors who continue to be harmed by Microsoft's monopolistic conduct," the states said in their motion filed on Monday.
Microsoft has claimed that the company needs so many new witnesses to counter the drastic measures proposed by the states, which it said include forcing it to sell a stripped-down version of the Windows operating system.
As well as a raft of senior Microsoft executives, the list includes representatives from other software makers, PC manufacturers and venture capitalists.
Sixteen witnesses have been listed for the nine states, including former Netscape chief executive James Barksdale, and former Intel executive Steven McGeady.
Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly is scheduled to begin the sanctions hearing on 11 March.
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