Microsoft argued that the states had no case to push as the US Department of Justice had already came to an agreement with the company last year over its market dominance.
US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly described the case as ‘unique from its inception’ but said that Microsoft’s arguments had not gone unnoticed.
The ongoing anti-trust case is set to reach a climax with final oral submissions due on June 19.
The US Department of Justice, conceded that Microsoft’s argument to throw out the proposed sanctions was a weak one.
‘While we had hoped for a different outcome on this particular motion, we did raise some important constitutional and policy issues with the court,’ Microsoft spokesman Jim Desler told Reuters.
Microsoft said in its 500-page defence that any sanctions such as those requested by the nine prosecuting states would have a negative effect on the software industry, robbing IT users of a reliable platform on which to run software.
A new partner, Dermot Callinan, has joined Saffery Champness from KPMG where he was recently the head of the UK private client advisory team
John Mendes has been appointed partner in the City of London office at MHA MacIntyre Hudson
Jon Maile has been promoted to partner in the South East as the head of audit at Grant Thornton
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