Microsoft’s handing out vouchers in its $200 million settlement of several class action lawsuits filed in several US states. Eligible buyers of Microsoft products get to claim vouchers for hardware and software. Half of unclaimed vouchers will be used to buy computer equipment for schools. The announcement brings to 10 the number of consumer class actions settled over the past year; being for a total of $1.55 billion.

Under the settlements, eligible buyers of Microsoft’s products will get vouchers that can be used to buy computer hardware or software. Half of any unclaimed vouchers will be used to buy computer equipment or software for schools.

Agreements were reached in Kansas, the District of Columbia, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee. The class actions claimed Microsoft used its monopoly to overcharge customers for its software products.

Tuesday’s announcement, brings the total number of consumer class action settlements over the past year to 10, Microsoft senior vice president and general counsel Brad Smith told reporters on a teleconference. Class action lawsuits are pending in five states, Microsoft said.

The settlement is the latest in a string Microsoft has reached in recent years as it tries to clear up legal problems stemming from its antitrust battle with the government.

In January, Microsoft settled the largest claim against it in a state class-action case, agreeing to pay up to $1.1 billion to 13 million eligible California businesses and consumers.

In April, the company said it would pay as much as $202 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by consumers in Florida.

Scroll to Top