Will Justice Let Microsoft Off the Hook?

The software giant's rivals fear that Antitrust Div. chief Charles James will merely slap Gates & Co. on the wrist

When Charles James took over as top trustbuster at the Justice Dept., he sent out signals he'd be plenty tough on Microsoft. He hired as his outside litigator and chief economist folks who would have made his Democratic predecessor, Joel Klein, proud. He kept on several Microsoft-bashers from among the career ranks at Justice. And in a brief filed in September with Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, he said the chasm between his department and the software giant was so vast that mediation would be pointless.

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