Iowa Microsoft Users Can Get Some Class Action Settlement Cash

According to Ars Technica, Microsoft users in Iowa can cash in on some sexy, sexy Class Action Settlement cash. Oh, my!

Under the settlement, individuals and businesses that purchased certain Microsoft software between May 18, 1994 and June 30, 2006 are eligible for benefits, as well as Iowa state and local governments that purchased software between July 1, 2002 and June 30, 2006. The OSes included in the settlement range from MS-DOS all the way up through Windows NT and Windows XP, and the other applications include Word, Except, and various versions of Office.

Customers can claim $16 per copy of MS-DOS or Windows, $25 per copy of Excel, $10 per copy of Word, and $29 per copy of Office. For claims up to $100 over the Internet (or $200 via snail mail), customers will not need to provide a proof of purchase, but they will need to sign a document verifying that the claim is accurate.

We don’t live in Iowa, but maybe you do. If so, go here to check out the lawsuit’s website. If there’s any money left over it’s going to go to the Iowa Department of Education. We think that’s lame. It should go to the Stephen And Melinda Gates Foundation. —MEGHANN MARCO

Microsoft to pay out $180 million to Iowa individuals and businesses
[Ars Technica]


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  1. Coder4Life says:

    Uhhh, I live in Iowa… And the last time I had to buy an O/S was Win 98 Second Edition..

    Maybe I can get some cashback…

  2. Nick says:

    Wisconsin had a similar thing. I got a form in the mail that had all of my registered Microsoft software listed (staring with the copy of DOS 6.22 I got for my 386). I should have almost $200 coming back.

  3. rbb says:

    Let’s see, anyone care to predict the percentages of the settlement claimed by: a) the lawyers, b) the fraudsters and c) the people who are legitimately entitled to a settlement.

  4. Tush says:

    Does it count if you’ve bought a computer with this software already on it? I would guess so, right?

  5. Ben Popken says:

    Why is Stepehn Colbert so pleased?

  6. Stepehn Colbert says:

    “Stay Classy Iowa”

  7. viriiman says:

    “…and the other applications include Word, Except, and various versions…”

    Except what?

  8. @Ben Popken: It might be clearer to us if we could see where her other hand is.

  9. arcticJKL says:

    Same as they did here in California.

    Instead of the money going to the schools (in the medium of software by the way) one randomly selected claimant should get it.

  10. amalgamator says:

    I live in Iowa! Sweet, now maybe I can afford Vista!

  11. pestie says:

    Wow – a reason to actually be happy that one lives in Iowa! Thanks, Microsoft! I’m still glad I’ve never set foot in the state, though. The Midwest scares me.