Boston University law professor Eric D. Green has been brought in to mediate the antitrust case currently entangled in federal courts against Microsoft Corp. Green is a dispute resolution therapist who has founded two Boston area firms.
U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly — who replaced Thomas Penfield Jackson earlier this year — has brought Green in to mediate Microsoft, the U.S. Department of Justice and a dozen and a half states. The software giant and the federal office have until November 2 to reach an agreement via Green; otherwise the judge will hold hearings next March to decide how penalties will be imposed on Microsoft.
The Department of Justice has proposed a plan that would force Microsoft to give Windows source code to software developers. Microsoft’s counsel was dismissive of the proposal, calling it potentially devastating to Microsoft.