Microsoft, Feds Are Meeting Again
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Microsoft Corp.’s top lawyers met today in last-minute talks with the Justice Department and at least 20 states in an attempt to forestall federal antitrust lawsuits planned against the company.
Facing the imminent antitrust lawsuits from the Justice Department and the state attorneys general, Microsoft’s top lawyers offered ``major concessions″ to ease concerns that the software company has illegally stifled competition.
A state source who is familiar with the ongoing talks said details of Microsoft’s latest offer were not immediately clear, but he characterized them as ``major concessions.″
Another state source said, ``Microsoft came to DOJ this morning and said, ’Let’s talk.‴
A Microsoft spokesman would not confirm that an offer had been made.
``We have yet to hear from them (the Justice Department or states) that there is a case being filed,″ Microsoft spokesman Jim Cullinan said, ``and we’ll continue to provide them with the information they need, and continue our constant dialogue.″
The attorneys general for New York, Connecticut and Iowa were meeting with Justice Department antitrust chief Joel I. Klein, and with Microsoft’s lawyers, said officials from two states.