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Consumers get $180 million in Microsoft settlement, lawyers get $75 million

Microsoft has settled its long-running antitrust case in Iowa. The lawsuit, which was initially filed in 2000, claimed that Microsoft was involved in anticompetitive business practices which in turn resulted in higher prices for consumers.

The lead plaintiffs in the case, Des Moines lawyer Roxanne Conlin and Minneapolis lawyer Richard Hagstrom will receive $75 million in legal fee and expenses as a result of the settlement -- a record for the state of Iowa.

The $75 million in fees represent a bill rate of $575 an hour for each of the 150 lawyers, clerks and paralegals involved in the case. Over a seven year period, 117,000 hours were logged in relation to the case. The individual rate for Conlin and Hagstrom works out to $1,072 dollars per hour. The payout for the two lawyers also includes a 43 percent risk premium which was approved by a Polk County district judge.

While the lawyers will receive $75 million, Iowans will receive $179.95 million -- $330 million was originally requested. Microsoft will dish out $10, $16, $25 and $29 respectively for Word/Works/Home Essential, Windows/DOS, Excel and Office. Individual consumers can claim up to $200 without a proof of purchase, however, any amount exceeding $200 must be backed with supporting documentation.

Iowa consumers will receive their settlements in checks from Microsoft while businesses and government bodies will receive pay vouchers.

Some Iowans aren't happy with the settlements they are receiving in relation to the payout reserved for lawyer fees. "How in the name of all that is sacred can you even imagine that to be equitable?" inquired Parkersburg resident Betty Klingenbord. "I also do not like how this makes Iowa look. Where will these lawsuits end?"

The settlement covers Iowans who purchased Microsoft software between May 18, 1994 and June 30, 2006. Customers who wish to receive their reimbursements from Microsoft must do so before the December 14 deadline.



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RE: Lol
By TomZ on 9/4/2007 4:29:07 PM , Rating: 1
Where are you getting all your Vista information? Are you actually using it, or just reading the blogs of Linux fanbois ranting about Vista?

I would break down and refute your entire post line-by-line, because it's complete bullshit, but to be honest, I don't think it would make any difference and it's not worth my time. Suffice it to say you're deluding yourself with all this misinformation. You must enjoy your head in the sand.


RE: Lol
By Screwballl on 9/4/2007 4:44:21 PM , Rating: 2
I use it daily (2-12 hours per day) as a tech support specialist for a small national ISP. The more I use it, the more I dislike it personally and from a Tech standpoint.
Had more programs crash on me in the first week of using it (starting about 3 months ago) than I ever did using XP. Still have several daily crashes or random software (one example is X-Lite VoIP software telephone).
This is not one single occurrence, this is happening on every single computer that uses Vista, even if I have never touched it.

Anandtech is on Part 3 of their "Messy transition" stories about problems with Vista.
http://www.anandtech.com/systems/showdoc.aspx?i=30...


RE: Lol
By Nekrik on 9/4/2007 5:46:22 PM , Rating: 2
I just went to look at the X-Lite VoIP software you mentioned: http://www.counterpath.com/xlite-operating-require...

They don't even support Vista, they only indicate support for XP/2000. As a tech support specialist you should be well aware that running software on an unsupported OS pretty much means you're using at your own risk and it very well may not work.

You really can't blame Microsoft for user errors such as this.


RE: Lol
By TomZ on 9/4/2007 10:48:50 PM , Rating: 2
Well, let's compare notes. I run an engineering company, and all our workstations are running Vista. We run e-CAD applications, simulation apps, software development IDEs (lots of them, for Windows and embedded systems programming for various processors), UML modeling tools, MATLAB/Simulink, graphic design apps, and a whole list of scientific/engineering apps used for automotive ECU development (most you never heard of).

Not to mention accounting, time tracking, and project management apps. On top of all that, we also do a lot of USB device driver development, and so we plug/unplug devices a lot, and generally hammer the development machines. All this runs on Vista. No problems - just as I said, a couple of older apps that have to be run as adminstrator.

Sure, Vista is not perfect - but it is at least as good as XP, and probably better. Furthermore, when you compare the "starting point" for Vista (i.e., the first release) compared to the initial release of XP, there is really no comparison at all.


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