The judge presiding over the government's ongoing antitrust case against Microsoft has scheduled a hearing for Monday to consider a request by the software maker to delay a separate hearing on remedies in the case.

Microsoft asked district court judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on December 21 to postpone the hearings she had scheduled for March during which she'll hear evidence on what remedies should be imposed on Microsoft for its anti-competitive behaviour.

Nine states and the District of Columbia have refused to agree to a proposed settlement deal and are continuing the case. The US Department of Justice and nine other states have signed off on the proposed agreement.

Microsoft argued in the motion filed last month that it needs as much as four extra months to prepare its defence and comply with requests from the nine states and the District of Columbia to turn over numerous documents related to the trial.

The states and the District of Columbia oppose any delay in the case and filed a rebuttal to Microsoft's motion last Friday.