Attorneys general representing the nine states that refused to accept the settlement offered by the US Department of Justice in the Microsoft antitrust case are due to hand in their proposed penalties today (7 December).
California, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, West Virginia, Utah and the District of Columbia, will present their 'remedy' and a partial list of witnesses to US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in Washington.
According to published reports, the attorneys general met on Wednesday to finalise a remedy proposal that includes tougher enforcement sanctions and addresses concerns with the three-person technical committee designed to oversee Microsoft's conduct and weigh complaints.
The nine states will also seek to address what they view as loopholes in the federal government's settlement with the software giant.
California attorney general Bill Lockyer said: "There's a continuing discussion to sharpen our thoughts and make sure there's a consensus on these issues and what specific remedies we recommend."
He added that he believes it's a very strong remedy proposal and is consistent with the federal settlement. "We're still working within the basic framework of the earlier approach," he explained.
An article in the New York Times reported that the remedy proposal would force Microsoft to offer computer makers and consumers the option of buying Windows without bundled applications such as a browser, media player or instant messaging program.
Microsoft will respond to the states' filing by 12 December. A company spokesman would not comment on any of the potential remedies. The case is scheduled to go to trial in March 2002.
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