Microsoft's High Court Houdini

It's betting Carter Phillips can work appeals-court magic

To the immense relief of everybody at Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), the company's landmark antitrust case is finally leaving Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's courtroom. On Sept. 26, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear the case immediately. That means the antitrust battle is scheduled to resume at the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, which has asked Microsoft to submit a briefing schedule on Oct. 2.

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