E.U. faces another Microsoft appeal

— 11:50 AM on October 3, 2006

Microsoft has filed an appeal with the European Court of First Instance to protest the €280.5 million ($355.8 million) fine it was ordered to pay in July. The fine was imposed by the European Commission because it considered Microsoft had not acceptably complied with a 2004 antitrust ruling that required Microsoft to provide documentation to competitors in order to allow them to better integrate their software with Windows. Microsoft already filed an appeal of the 2004 ruling back in June 2004, and the trial for that appeal took place in May of this year, but Reuters says a decision isn't expected until later this year or perhaps next year. Considering that time frame, the new appeal filed today may take until 2008 to hit the trial stage, and the Court of First Instance might not reach a decision until 2009.

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