Microsoft Corp. has withdrawn a motion asking that AOL Time Warner Inc. (AOLTW) be forced by a federal judge to turn over documents related to the government’s ongoing antitrust case against the software maker.
In a one-paragraph court filing filed Monday, Microsoft said that the matter had been resolved and so its motion has been withdrawn. U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in an order last Thursday told the two companies that they needed to work out the dispute because the issues raised by Microsoft were too “narrow” and did not require her intervention.
“The court further notes that the aspersions cast in the parties’ pleadings as to the respective motivations of the opposing party do not advance the resolution of the issues presently before the court and in truth, only serve to lengthen needlessly the parties’ filings,” she wrote in her order.
Microsoft wanted AOLTW to be forced to quickly turn over documents in the case, arguing that its rival was withholding information while it helped the nine U.S. states and the District of Columbia, which have refused to sign off on a proposed settlement agreement between Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice and nine other states.
Details regarding how Microsoft and AOLTW resolved the disagreement were not provided in the court document.