Microsoft will have to fight off some old and new enemies in the latest round of its antitrust legal battles.
The nine US states opposing the Department of Justice's (DoJ's) proposed settlement, and pushing for tougher remedies against Microsoft, have revealed their witnesses for the case.
The list includes former Netscape bosses Jim Barksdale and Steve McGeady, who made appearances in the earlier trial, AOL vice president John Borthwick, Liberate chief executive Mitchell Kertzman, Novell chief technology officer Carl Ledbetter, and Red Hat chief executive Matthew Szulik.
There will also be witnesses from Sun Microsystems, Oracle and Palm.
Microsoft has meanwhile hired David Dadoun, a former antitrust enforcement lawyer with the US Federal Trade Commission, to advise the company in its efforts to comply with legal demands related to the antitrust case.
Brad Smith, the new head of the Redmond giant's 200-strong legal team, said in a statement that Microsoft is committed to adhering to its settlement with the DoJ.
Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer echoed that commitment to the DoJ proposals last week, and pledged that the company would comply with "all the other laws and regulations affecting our business".
However, the war is not over even after the nine states battle is settled. Microsoft faces a number of other legal challenges in areas such as employment law, anti-discrimination statutes, privacy, civil rights, securities, foreign trade interactions and competition law.
Odell Guyton, formerly a corporate compliance attorney with the University of Pennsylvania and prosecutor with the DoJ, has been picked to advise the company.
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