Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Jun 7 2000

OLYMPIA – June 7, 2000 - My office has received and is now reviewing Judge Jackson’s order adopting – in large part – the remedy proposed by the U.S. Department of Justice and several states in their antitrust case against Microsoft.

From the beginning, I have stated my belief that DOJ was aggressively pursuing all of the issues in this case and that there was no need for Washington to use limited state resources to pursue the same issues.

The aim in any remedy proposal should be to prevent wrongful conduct.

I believe there are remedies short of breaking up Microsoft that would be appropriate and effective in this case. Breaking up companies or putting them out of business should only be used in the most extreme cases, where there is no appropriate remedy.

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