District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly offered these parties the chance to participate in the hearing, providing them with an opportunity to present new arguments against the proposed settlement terms. The critics include: SBC Communications, an advocacy group funded by Microsoft competitors including Sun Microsystems; a group of states that is pushing for tougher sanctions against the software maker; and several other parties that claim an interest in the case.
The Project to Promote Competition & Innovation in the Digital Age, also known as ProComp, was given "friend of the court status" by the judge, which means it will be allowed to submit a 25-page document with the court detailing its opposition to the proposed settlement. The group will also be allowed to present a 10-minute oral argument during the hearing, scheduled to begin Wednesday.
Players SBC was granted permission to participate under similar terms, as were the Computer & Communications Industry Association, the Software and Information Industry Association and the American Antitrust Institute.
Additionally, Microsoft has submitted a motion in which it argues that if the settlement is approved, the judge should dismiss the case being pushed by the other states for tougher remedies.