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Byline: Heather Fleming Phillips
Jun. 30--WASHINGTON--For months, Washington was eerily quiet on the Microsoft antitrust case while a federal appeals court mulled the fate of the world's largest software company. With the unveiling of the decision Thursday, lobbyists, lawmakers and lawyers removed their gags, seeking to influence the next course of the case.
So far the Justice Department has given few clues as to how they'll proceed from here, though antitrust experts expect the next step will be settlement talks. With their fate resting in the balance, Microsoft has ratcheted up the political heat in Washington, hoping to influence the courtroom of public …