Microsoft temporarily suspended its MSN rebate programs in California and Oregon because of a contract provision that lets customers get something for nothing.
MSN has been offering $400 rebates to computer buyers who agreed to subscribe to the Internet service for three years.
However, customers in California and Oregon were taking advantage of a clause Microsoft inserted into its contracts to comply with consumer protection laws that tells subscribers they are not obligated to continue as an MSN Internet access member for any particular length of time.
Officials have since informed Microsoft that the California law didn’t apply to its deal, and Microsoft officials have indicated that the rebate program may start up again there soon.
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