OCTOBER 23, 2006 - Posted at 3:58 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A state judge is issuing notices to Arkansas consumers and businesses that acquired Microsoft software between January 1, 1998, and December 31, 2004, for use in Arkansas. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Alice Gray is presiding over a class-action lawsuit that alleges the computer giant overcharged customers for some of its operating systems, word processing and spreadsheet software. Microsoft denies it did anything wrong, and the judge did not rule on the merits of the case. But a proposed settlement of the lawsuit provides up to almost $38 million in benefits for Arkansans in the class represented by the lawsuit.
Under the settlement, Microsoft would distribute vouchers that eligible consumers and businesses could redeem to buy computers, peripheral computer hardware, or computer software made by any manufacturer.
At a hearing March 6, the judge plans to consider whether to approve the settlement.