Judge Jackson recused from Microsoft case

— 1:05 AM on March 14, 2001

The Standard reports that Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson has recused himself from the MS racial discrimination case.

Microsoft faces a multibillion-dollar racial discrimination lawsuit filed in January on behalf of seven current and former employees who allege that they were treated unfairly because of their African American ancestry. Jackson was assigned the case, in which the plaintiffs are requesting class-action status.

Microsoft asked Jackson to recuse himself from the new case, arguing that the judge's behavior during a landmark government antitrust case against it has created the appearance that Jackson is biased against the company. The Redmond, Wash.-based software company argued that Jackson was incapable of handling the discrimination case in an impartial manner.

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