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Court of Justice Of The European Communities Starts Hearing On Microsoft Case


March 28, 2007

The Court of First Instance, an independent court attached to the Court of Justice of the European Communities, will hold a hearing April 24-28, 2006 on Microsoft Corporation's action to annul a decision of the Commission of European Communities which found that Microsoft had infringed European Community competition law, ordered corrective action, and fined Microsoft 497 million Euros.

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The Court of First Instance has original jurisdiction over certain actions brought against European Community institutions involving the interpretation and application of the treaties constituting the European Communities and provisions adopted by European Community institutions. Rulings of the Court of First Instance are appealable to the Court of Justice on issues of law only.