[JURIST] The judge who will rule on whether to suspend an EU antitrust order against Microsoft pending its appeal has called a meeting between the parties for Thursday after two supporters of the EU case withdrew. Judge Bo Vesterdorf called the closed-door meeting to discuss "procedural matters," but sources suggested that the meeting would center on the impact of Microsoft settlements with Novell Inc. and the Computer and Communications Industry Association earlier this month, prompting them to withdrawl support for the EU. The case, before the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg, will decide whether Microsoft must comply with an EU antitrust order while it is on appeal. JURIST's Paper Chase has extensive coverage of Microsoft's legal battles with the EU. AP has more.