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Eye on Microsoft Crime: Microsoft “Consumer Fraud Class Action Lawsuit”, Wallace vs Microsoft, Arizona Antitrust

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Summary: News coverage about Microsoft litigation and compensation for illegal business practices which continue to this date

School District of Mauston cashes in on Microsoft settlement, stimulus funds

The Mauston School District will benefit substantially from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), also called the stimulus package, and the Wisconsin Microsoft Settlement allocations.

At the Monday evening regular school board meeting held at the district office, Steven Smolek, superintendent of schools, said the ARRA and the antitrust settlement brought millions of dollars to Wisconsin.

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Rob Demeuse, technology and phone systems director, highlighted some of the uses for the $255,072 coming to the district from the settlement from a Microsoft antitrust and consumer fraud class action lawsuit.


WALLACE v. MICROSOFT CORPORATION

Keller Rohrback L.L.P. and DeRoon & Seyfer Announce Settlement Disbursement in Antitrust Matter Against Microsoft

Budget-beleaguered Arizona state and local government entities are getting a little help this week as payments from the settlement in Daisy Mountain Fire District v. Microsoft Corp., No.07-2851 (D. Md.) begin to roll in. A total of $4,415,258 in cash has been distributed pursuant to the settlement agreement approved by the Court. Daisy Mountain Fire District, represented by antitrust experts at the law firms of Keller Rohrback L.L.P. (Seattle and Phoenix) and DeRoon & Seyfer, took the lead in bringing antitrust claims against Microsoft on behalf of a class consisting of all Arizona governmental entities that indirectly licensed Microsoft Operating System software and/or Microsoft Application software between May 18, 1994 and December 31, 2008 (the "Class").

The complaint alleged violations of the Arizona Antitrust Act and with the leadership of Class counsel, Daisy Mountain Fire District pursued Microsoft regarding its engagement in anticompetitive and monopolistic practices. The cash settlement benefits will be distributed among the Class for the purchase of new computer programs and equipment.


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