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Microsoft, plaintiffs settle in Iowa class action lawsuit

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Microsoft, plaintiffs settle in Iowa class action lawsuit

Redmond (WA) – Microsoft to announced a settlement in a class action lawsuit in Iowa. The settlement concludes one of the last class action suits that were filed as a result of the antitrust case brought against Microsoft by the Department of Justice and 19 state governments.

The Iowa settlement ends a seven-year proceeding and will provide compensation to individuals and businesses that, according to plaintiffs, were overcharged for operating system and application software purchases between May 18, 1994, through June 30, 2006.

The operating systems MS-DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT Workstation, Windows 2000, and Windows XP as well as the applications Word, Excel and Office are covered by the agreement announced today.

Financial details of the settlement are withheld by Microsoft and the plaintiff until court approval, which is expected to be provided on April 20 of this year.

In similar class action suits, Microsoft has won dismissal in 16 states, denials of class certification in two states, final settlements in 17 states and preliminary settlements in two states. The only remaining class actions suit is active in Mississippi. Microsoft said that motion to dismiss the Mississippi action is currently pending.

Under the Iowa settlement, Microsoft will provide half of any unclaimed proceeds to the Iowa Department of Education through the purchase of computer hardware and software. Details for making claims will be announced this spring, Microsoft said.