The US District Court has denied news organizations, including the Washington Post and Associated Press, the right to attend forthcoming depositions in the continuing antitrust battle between Microsoft and the nine remaining litigating states.

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly approved a Microsoft motion that removes the obligation to allow public access to witness interviews.

Microsoft and the nine states are to appear in court on March 11, when the Judge will begin hearings regarding possible remedies in the case. Nine other states, along with the Department of Justice (DOJ), reached a settlement agreement with Microsoft last November, although the judge has yet to approve it.

The public does not have the right to attend interviews because that privilege is granted only in cases brought by the US government, Judge Kollar-Kotelly said in her memorandum opinion.