U.S. V. Microsoft: Is the Proposed Settlement in the Public Interest?

Posted: 21 Aug 2003

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David S. Sibley

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics

Michael J. Doane

Competition Economics LLC

Abstract

On November 6, 2001, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Microsoft Corporation reached an agreement on the terms of a proposed settlement. The proposed decree brought to a conclusion the most closely followed antitrust case in history. This paper examines whether the antitrust remedy embodied in the settlement was in the "public interest." Key components of the public interest standard of the Tunney Act are satisfied when the antitrust remedy is sufficient to (1) stop the offending conduct, (2) prevent its reoccurrence, and (3) restore competitive conditions.

Keywords: Antitrust, US DOJ, Microsoft, Tunney Act

JEL Classification: D4, L40, L44, L63

Suggested Citation

Sibley, David S. and Doane, Michael J., U.S. V. Microsoft: Is the Proposed Settlement in the Public Interest?. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=417880

David S. Sibley

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics ( email )

Austin, TX 78712
United States

Michael J. Doane (Contact Author)

Competition Economics LLC ( email )

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