Microsoft Cancels EU Oral Hearing

Kara Reeder

According to, Microsoft has canceled its oral hearing with the European Commission after the Commission refused to change the date.


The hearing had been set for June 3 to 5. However, those dates coincide with a worldwide intergovernmental competition law meeting in Zurich. That means a lot of influential people will be at the meeting instead of the hearing, says Dave Heiner, vice president and deputy general counsel at Microsoft.


"We believe that holding the hearing at a time when key officials are out of the country would deny Microsoft our effective right to be heard and hence deny our 'rights of defense' under European law."


But the Commission has declined the request, saying those dates are the only time a suitable room is available for the hearing, reports the Associated Press.

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