The last two weeks have been full of news on the legal proceedings between Microsoft and the FTC in the US. The parties presented their positions at the hearing, and now it remains to wait for the decision of Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. The judge has the power to issue an injunction that will temporarily block the ability to close the deal between Microsoft and Activision until a full-time FTC judge can review the merger in a trial scheduled for August.
The final day of hearings between Microsoft and the FTC took place on June 29, and the parties can no longer influence the judge’s decision. Judge Corley herself did not name the date of the decision, but at the same time informed the parties that she was mindful of the importance and timeliness of the case.
Prominent patent lawyer Florian Muller, who closely follows the Microsoft v. FTC case, posted on social media that Judge Corley’s ruling could be expected next week. In his opinion, the decision will appear in the database of the court on Wednesday or Thursday (July 5 or 6), while initially only the record “Rejected”, “Accepted” or “Partly accepted, partially rejected” will be publicly available. You should not expect a decision earlier, since July 4 is a public holiday in the United States, and before July 3, the judge may not have time to make his decision.