Microsoft Settles Iowa Lawsuit

Windows LogoYet another Microsoft lawsuit has finally come to a close. Taking seven years and several million dollars, the lawsuit brought forth by Roxanne Conlin, ended with Microsoft at fault.

The suit was brought to Iowa’s County District Court when Conlin claimed Microsoft was overcharging it’s customers because of the lack of other software titles to choose from.

While the original lawsuit was looking for a $330 million settlement, the amount was reduced to $179 million.

As a result Iowa Microsoft customers can get back a few bucks, with the remaining money being put towards a good cause.

"Based on the settlement, Iowans who purchased Microsoft products between May 18, 1994, and June 30, 2006, are eligible for:

  • $16 per copy of Microsoft Windows or MS-DOS
  • $29 per copy of Microsoft Excel
  • $10 per copy of Microsoft Word, Works, and Home Essentials software

Half of any unclaimed cash will be donated to Iowa schools in the form of vouchers that can be used to purchase new computer equipment. Microsoft has also agreed to pay $1 million to Iowa Legal Aid, where the money will be used to develop programs aimed at ending domestic abuse. Microsoft was eager to settle the case though.

"According to Microsoft associate general counsel Rich Wallis, MS agreed to settle the Iowa case in order "to put these ancient allegations behind us and focus on building the next generation of great software."

With this case finally behind them, Microsoft can now focus on what they do best; videogames.

[Via ars technica]


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