What Went Wrong With The Microsoft Trial
from the two-opinions dept
The San Jose Mercury News has two guest commentary pieces looking at what went wrong with the Microsoft trial – one suggesting that it went on too long, and other saying not long enough. The first is from lawyer Gary Reback, former Wired coverboy well-known for his efforts to bring about the anti-trust trial in the first place, saying that Silicon Valley didn’t understand how to properly work the Washington DC machine, and that they need to appeal the Microsoft settlement or Silicon Valley’s whole culture may be threatened. This seems a tad excessive, as I think Silicon Valley has the ability to reinvent itself. The other column takes a different viewpoint suggesting that the whole fight against the settlement by certain states was really a proxy fight done for a few deep pocketed Microsoft competitors and had nothing to do with consumers’ actual rights. His opinion seems to be that this case has cost Microsoft shareholders too much money already and should be left alone.