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January 13, 2006

Billion dollar Microsoft settlement in California upheld

Posted by David Hunter at 11:03 AM ET.

Ed Oswald at BetaNews:

A $1.1 billion settlement against Microsoft was allowed to proceed earlier this week after a California appeals court dismissed a challenge by a plaintiff in the case. Under the settlement, a third of the unclaimed vouchers would be returned to Microsoft, while the rest would be given to California schools.

The original ruling was handed down by a San Francisco Superior Court in July 2003, and found Microsoft guilty of overcharging California consumers for its Windows operating system. Vouchers ranging from $5 to $29 were to be distributed among those who made a claim.

Plaintiff Charles Jakob objected to the ruling, however, demanding that the remaining third should be redistributed among those filing claims, not Microsoft. The court disagreed.

Mr. Jakob says “it’s very likely” that he will continue to pursue the matter.

Filed under Antitrust, Legal

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