Microsoft chairman Bill Gates will not have to testify in public in advance of his company's antitrust trial, a court ruled yesterday.
The ruling is a victory for Microsoft, which had appealed against a court's decision last week to allow media organisations to hear testimonies. Microsoft claimed the law that decision was based on was outdated.
A federal appeals court ruled that the depositions should be given in private, although the issue of whether or not they should eventually be available to the public would be settled at a later date.
The reasoning behind the decision is that, if a court should later decide that the testimony should have been kept private, it would be too late to prevent any damage done to Microsoft. The public will have access to transcripts of evidence if it is decided to make it public.
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