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Judge Halts Microsoft Work on Cloud Deal After Amazon Suit

  • Government calls Amazon’s bid to depose Trump ‘audacious’
  • Amazon suit alleges Trump interfered in contract award
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A federal judge temporarily blocked Microsoft Corp. from working on a $10 billion Pentagon cloud-computing contract after Inc. asked for the delay, a surprise win for the company as it challenges the validity of the award over allegations that President Donald Trump interfered.

The government can’t proceed with implementing the contract “until further order of the court,” according to the decision by U.S Court of Federal Claims Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith. The judge ordered Amazon to pay $42 million in security, the minimum amount that the government had requested in the event of a delay. The judge’s full opinion was posted under seal.