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A European Union judge said he will continue to take into account testimony from former complainants in the EU’s antitrust case against Microsoft, even though they had withdrawn support for the case.

A European Union judge said he will continue to take into account testimony from former complainants in the EU’s antitrust case against Microsoft, even though they had withdrawn support for the case.

Judge Bo Vesterdorf said he would give a decision on whether to suspend the EU order for Microsoft to change its business practices and pay a €497m (£320m) fine by Christmas.

Computer firm Novell and a Washington-based trade group, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, pulled out after reaching deals with Microsoft on November 8. All sides agreed yesterday their testimony would stand.

Microsoft said the strategic changes by the two companies should not affect the case as such. “Existing testimony cannot be struck from the record,” said Microsoft spokesman Tom Brookes. He said Microsoft had never approached the companies with that in mind.

British MP George Galloway and his opponent the Daily Telegraph will leave no stone unturned to sort out what could be a spectacular libel case.

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