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Microsoft Agrees to Contempt to Speed E-Mail Case Appeal

Microsoft Corp., at its own request, was found in contempt of a court order to comply with a U.S. warrant for e-mails stored in a data center in Ireland, so that it can promptly appeal the ruling.

U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan today granted a joint request by Microsoft and the government to hold the software maker in contempt. The judge imposed no further sanctions and said the order permits the company to immediately appeal her July 31 ruling that it has to produce e-mails of an unidentified customer sought in a drug probe.