For those of you who've been following my situation updates in the following thread http://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/showthread.php?t=192210, my second source within Microsoft has gotten in touch with me again. Paraphrasing what he told me ...
The matter is indeed being looked at by top managment but it is viewed by Ballmer on down as simply a public relations problem. (My source's words were "PR firestorm". ) So most likely nothing will change except the PR itself, their issue being how best to contain the PR damage.
I wish I had better news. If/when I learn more I'll post to this thread again.