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[News] [Rival] Microsoft May be Sued (Class Action) for Forcing People to Buy Windows

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft May be Sued (Class Action) for Forcing People to Buy Windows
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2010 15:53:39 +0000
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Italians threaten suit over Windows pre-install

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| An Italian consumer rights group plans to 
| slap Microsoft with a class-action lawsuit 
| this week seeking compensation on behalf 
| of people forced to buy Windows pre-
| installed on new computers.
| The ADUC, which specializes in public 
| interests related to TV, internet, and 
| telephone, said it would file the lawsuit 
| at a court in Florence after the Epiphany 
| holiday on Wednesday, according to 
| Reuters. The case will be brought under a 
| new law permitting consumer groups to file 
| class-action lawsuits on behalf of the 
| people they represent.


Italian Consumer Group Plans Class Action Against Microsoft

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| An Italian consumers association is set to 
| mount a class-action lawsuit to obtain 
| compensation for customers who buy PCs 
| with preinstalled Microsoft software but 
| who prefer not to use the Windows OS, the 
| association's president announced Tuesday.
| The lawsuit seeking the return of the cost 
| of the unwanted Microsoft software from 
| the manufacturers of computer hardware 
| will be registered with a court in 
| Florence later this week, said Vincenzo 
| Donvito, president of ADUC (Association 
| for the Rights of Users and Consumers).
| Around 2,000 people, most of them Linux 
| users, have already expressed interest in 
| participating in the lawsuit, Donvito said 
| in a telephone interview. The initiative 
| takes advantage of a new law permitting 
| class-action lawsuits, which went into 
| effect on Jan. 1.



Amazon US Refunds Windows License Fee, Too

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| Today Amazon credited my card with $65.45. After ordering an Eee PC 1005 HA
| from amazon.com, I asked them for a refund for the cost of Windows XP via
| the 'Contact us' form. At first they told me to cancel any items on my order
| that I wanted a refund for, but after I explained that XP was pre-installed
| on the machine they got it. They asked what the cost of the OS was, and I
| answered that I had no idea but that Amazon UK refunded Â40.00.


Taxing Times for Free Choice

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| Anyway, it boils down to this:
| Forcing people to buy something else with what they really want to buy is
| called bundling. It is now prohibited in France, and it is probably so in the
| UK too.
| Perhaps these vendors need to read about the Sale of Goods Act again.



French court orders Windows refund

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| In France, it is illegal to bundle software and to refuse to reimburse the
| customer for unwanted licences, under Article L.122-1 of the French Consumer
| Code. The Tribunal de Grande Instance ruled that offering an expensive refund
| option was tantamount to offering no refund option at all, hence finding for
| the consumer and requiring that Asus stump up.    


French police deal blow to Microsoft

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| The French paramilitary police force said Wednesday it is ditching Microsoft
| for the free Linux operating system, becoming one of the biggest
| administrations in the world to make the break.  


French consumer protectionists are demanding PCs without preinstalled

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| The consumer protectionists of the French organization UFC-Que Choisir
| are demanding of the IT group Hewlett-Packard and the vendors Auchan
| and Darty that they offer PCs without preinstalled software.
| [...]
| UFC-Que Choisir last year also took action against Sony and Apple,
| taking the two companies to court for allegedly putting their
| customers at a disadvantage through proprietary DRM technologies
| and curtailing their choice of devices.


French consumer group attacks PC software bundling

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| UFC-Que Choisir legal officer Sandra Wouhling said current
| practice effectively forced ordinary consumers to buy computers
| using Microsoft operating systems whereas companies anda
| dministrations were offered a real choice.

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