February 26, 1999
Antitrust trial recesses when Microsoft completes its defense.
March 31, 1999
At a closed meeting in his chambers, Jackson urges the sides to reach a settlement.
June 1, 1999
Trial rebuttal phase starts.
June 24, 1999
Microsoft trial testimony ends.
September 21-22, 1999
Both sides present final oral arguments and await the judge's "findings of fact." Those findings, while not a ruling, could reveal the direction the judge is going and what conclusions of law he might reach.
November 5, 1999
In his findings of fact, Judge Jackson determines that Microsoft holds a monopoly in computer operating systems, strongly criticizing the company in a decisive statement that could signal the outcome of the case.
November 30, 1999
Judge Richard Posner meets with representatives of Microsoft, 19 states and the Justice Department for nearly two hours to explore the chances of a settlement.
December 6, 1999
Government files proposed "conclusions of law": The government lays out a compelling argument on how Microsoft's conduct violated federal and state antitrust law, but its approach leaves lots of room for the software giant at the trial level and on appeal, say legal experts.
December 21, 1999
Microsoft's objection to Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig's testimony is rejected by Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, who says he can find no evidence that the Internet expert is biased against the software maker.