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Further Google involvement in Microsoft anti-trust case

Ignores Judge's advice to appeal through Department of Justice  
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Google has filed an amicus curiae motion with the US District Court responsible for overseeing Microsoft's 2002 anti-trust settlement in its latest move to see the order extended.

Last month saw Google's request that the period of time that Microsoft remains under its 2002 anti-trust settlement be extended, thrown out by U.S. District judge who oversees the anti-trust settlement Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. She also told Google that if they wanted to appeal they would have to go through the Department of Justice.

However, the Google is determined to avoid having to go through the Department of Justice at all costs. Its latest move is to file new amicus curiae motion with the District Court.

"As the developer of a major desktop search product and the company that brought the desktop search issue to the attention of the plaintiffs, Google has familiarity with the issues raised and is well positioned to provide information to the Court," the filing said. Google is not a plaintiff in the case, so it has requested status as amicus curiae, or "friend of the court"

The news comes on the same day that Microsoft announced a July 16th release date for the launch of Vista Service Pack 1 Beta.

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