A U.S. administrative legislation choose has denied Microsoft‘s request to power Sony to provide extra paperwork as a part of its ongoing struggle with the Federal Commerce Fee (FTC) over the Activision Blizzard deal. Though the merger has been accomplished, the FTC continues to be disputing the transaction, and within the odd probability that it wins, Microsoft could also be pressured to divest.
Microsoft accuses Sony of actively campaigning towards Activision Blizzard deal
In a current court docket submitting, Microsoft expressed its disappointment over Sony’s ongoing marketing campaign towards the Activision deal, arguing that the corporate produced a “cherry-picked” doc in response to an FTC subpoena to be able to oppose the transaction. The Xbox maker added that it was “entitled to take discovery to test SIE’s assertions and seeks a narrow, targeted production of documents from SIE related to the Microsoft-Sony Agreement.”
That movement has now been denied by choose Michael Chappell, who noted in his order that truth discovery on this matter closed in April 2023. Not solely did Microsoft fail to request reopening of discovery, the corporate took it upon itself to serve an unauthorized subpoena to Sony, which isn’t legally enforceable. In consequence, Sony can’t be compelled to provide the paperwork Microsoft demanded.
The struggle continues…