Consumer Class Action Settlement Information

Microsoft and class counsel have reached proposed settlements of lawsuits pending in a number of states (listed below) in which plaintiffs have alleged that Microsoft unlawfully used anticompetitive means to maintain a monopoly in markets for certain software, and that, as a result, it overcharged consumers who, during specific time periods, licensed in the United States for use in the specific states below Microsoft's operating system software and/or certain of Microsoft's applications software. Microsoft denies these allegations and maintains that it developed and sold high-quality and innovative software products at fair and reasonable prices.

The settlements in California, Iowa, New York, and Wisconsin have been given final approval, and the periods for making and redeeming claims has passed; however, the cy pres programs in those states are still distributing benefits. The settlements in the Arizona, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia have reached their final deadlines and have concluded.

Click on the links below to read more about each section

California Settlement

The Claim Period for the settlement in California ended on January 8, 2005. If you have questions or would like more information, please refer to the notice package that was mailed to Class Members during the notice period, or visit the Settlement Administrator's website.

Visit the class notice site for California

The Redemption Period for the California Government Entities settlement ended on July 31, 2014. If you have questions or would like more information, please refer to the notice package that was mailed to Class Members during the notice period, or visit the Settlement Administrator's website.

Visit the class notice site for Government Entities in California

Iowa Settlement

The Redemption Period for the settlement in Iowa ended on August 15, 2013. If you have questions or would like more information, please refer to the notice package that was mailed to Class Members during the notice period, or visit the Settlement Administrator’s website.

Visit the class notice site for Iowa

New York Settlement

The Redemption Period for the settlement in New York ended on February 28, 2013. If you have questions or would like more information, please refer to the notice package that was mailed to Class Members during the notice period, or visit the Settlement Administrator's website.

Visit the class notice site for New York

Wisconsin Settlement

The Redemption Period for the settlement in Wisconsin ended on December 31, 2012. Please refer to the notice package that was mailed to Class Members during the notice period for all information and questions, or visit the Settlement Administrator's website.

Visit the class notice site for Wisconsin

Federal government entities are not members of the plaintiff class and are not eligible to file claims under the settlement in Wisconsin.