EU court ruling on Microsoft could come by mid-Nov.

The European Union (E.U.) judge ruling on whether to suspend sanctions against Microsoft could deliver his verdict as early as mid-November, sources familiar with the process said Friday. Bo Vesterdorf, president of the E.U.'s Court of First Instance, is due to rule whether to temporarily suspend sanctions imposed by the European Commission on Microsoft, pending the outcome of Microsoft's full legal challenge against the Commission.

Vesterdorf heard representations from Microsoft, the European Commission and the two parties' supporters at a two-day hearing in Luxembourg starting on Sept. 30. Court officials said Friday that the average length of time needed for the Court of First Instance to reach a verdict typically is six weeks after it holds a hearing, implying that Vesterdorf could reach his verdict around the middle of November.

News source: InfoWorld

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