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Microsoft's $1 million question

The legal dispute between the Justice Department and Microsoft takes a critical turn as both parties settle on a major issue stalling their high-profile antitrust case.

After more than two months of dueling briefs, filings, and press releases, the legal dispute between the Justice Department and Microsoft takes a critical turn. Both parties are caught in the latest wrinkle stalling their high-profile antitrust dispute: whether the company is in contempt of court and should be fined $1 million per day for not following the judge's order to unbundle Internet Explorer from Windows 95.

Microsoft, the DOJ, and the $1 
million question

Latest developments
•  MS, DOJ filings bolster positions
•  Lessig insists on impartiality
•  Lessig's declaration to the court
•  Microsoft revises deals in Europe
Microsoft backlash
•  Judge miffed at Microsoft over OS
•  MS appeals Lessig ruling
•  SPA to meet over antitrust
•  MS hardball backfires, analysts say
•  Back to drawing board in Redmond?
•  Judge won't remove special master
Contempt hearing begins
•  Klein: DOJ action is "essential"
•  Judge, MS differ on terms of compliance
•  Microsoft inspected in Japan
•  Contempt hearing looms
Previous coverage
•  Microsoft case in court
U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson has dealt Microsoft a legal setback in the first round of the Justice See special report: MS-DOJ case in court Department's historic antitrust suit against the software giant. The company argued against the DOJ's and the court's every move, including the appointment of a special master to investigate the case, only to soften its public stance later.