“The Minneapolis law firm that negotiated a $182 million settlement of a lawsuit charging Microsoft with overcharging Minnesota consumers two years ago is ready to take one more crack at the software giant in an Iowa court next week,” Leslie Brooks Suzukamo reports for The Pioneer Press.
Suzukamo reports, “The Iowa class-action suit accuses Microsoft of using its dominance in the personal computer market to overcharge for its Windows operating system and applications like Office, and the Minneapolis firm of Zelle Hofmann Voelbe & Gette is asking the court to order Microsoft to pay $350 million in damages.”
Suzukamo reports, “The firm also wants Microsoft to pay an additional $50 million to consumers for forcing them to patch their computers against viruses and hacker attacks caused by vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Internet Explorer Web browser, which was ‘bolted’ to the Windows operating system in the mid-1990s, said Rick Hagstrom, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs.”
Suzukamo reports, “The damages would cover consumers and businesses that used Windows operating systems dating from May 1994 through June of this year.”
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MacDailyNews Take: If Microsoft were ever forced to pay for all the damage their shoddy software products have caused the world over the years, they’d be bankrupt many times over. The vast majority of personal computer users would be far better off with Apple Macs.
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