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Microsoft Asks US Courts to Intervene in EU Case

Microsoft Corp. said on Friday it had asked U.S. Federal courts to force IBM, Sun Microsystems Inc., Oracle Corp. and Novell Inc. to give it documents in its battle against the European Commission.

Microsoft is fighting a fine of up to 2 million euros ($2.4 million) a day for failing to carry out sanctions that the Commission, the European Union's executive arm, imposed on it in 2004 for violating EU antitrust laws. Microsoft had asked the EU executive to turn over communications between the companies and the Commission, a "Monitoring Trustee" in the case, and a technical adviser to the Commission known as OTR.

News source: Reuters

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