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Claim MSsetl - MSFT antitrust case settled

Category: Science & Technology:Computer Industry Finance:US Finance Politics:US Politics JUDGED at 0
Owner:79, jbs
Judge:163, jim
due date:2003/01/01

The Claim

The antitrust case ("the Dispute") currently (as of 1 December 1999) being litigated between the US Department of Justice ("DOJ"), along with several state attorneys general ("the States"), and Microsoft Corporation ("MSFT") will be settled prior to what would be the conclusion of the trial in the absence of a settlement.

For the purposes of this claim, the conclusion of the trial in the absence of a settlement is the formal issuance of an order for remedies by the trial judge, a ruling by the trial judge that no such remedies are appropriate, or a dismissal of the trial for any reason, with or without prejudice.

A settlement will be deemed to exist if, no later than 30 days after the conclusion of the trial: a) both MSFT and either the DOJ or at least five States acknowledge the existence of a settlement, or b) a settlement is reported to exist by the Wall Street Journal. In either case, it must be so acknowledged or reported that the settlement resolves the entire Dispute between MSFT and both the US DOJ and all of the States.

This condition requires that an additional 30 days pass after the trial appears to conclude without a settlement before the claim may be judged False. If a settlement exists but is not confirmed nor reported within 30 days, the claim should still be judged False.

If a settlement is acknowledged or reported but later turns out not to exist, the claim should still be judged True.

If any necessary condition for the claim to be judged True is not satisfied prior to 0000UTC on the judgement date, the claim should be judged False.

Post-trial appeals shall have no bearing on this claim.

Judge's Statement

I plan to judge this claim based on a literal interpretation of its description, insofar as that matches the actual resolution of the antitrust case. If something unforeseen happens, I'll judge based on my understanding of the intent of the claim.

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