Sun seeks reinstatement of Microsoft injunction

Sun Microsystems Friday filed two motions seeking reinstatement of an injunction against Microsoft that was remanded by the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last month.

The appeals court two weeks ago agreed with Microsoft's contention that the district court erred when it granted Sun a preliminary injunction. The injunction, awarded in November 1998, prevented Microsoft from using a version of Java in its software that wasn't fully compatible with Sun's. The injunction was awarded as part of Sun's ongoing lawsuit against Microsoft, filed in 1997, in which Sun is claiming that Microsoft "polluted" the Java programming language in a bid to undermine its success.

While agreeing with the district court that Sun is likely to prevail in its suit, the appeals court nevertheless said the districts court's decision on granting an injunction needed further explanation.

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