Microsoft Settles With California Government Plaintiffs

Law360, New York (May 3, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Putting out a fire in one part of the world, besieged Microsoft Corp. has settled a class action on behalf of California government agencies for $70 million over claims of monopoly overcharges.

The proposed agreement will refund a variety of taxpayer-backed agencies, including local school districts and regional transportation systems that purchased Microsoft products beginning in 1995.

“We value our relationship with these cities and counties and are pleased to reach a settlement that allows us all to focus on the future,” said Tom Burt, corporate...
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