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Re: Judge certifies class-action lawsuit against Microsoft Canada

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____/ High Plains Thumper on Saturday 13 Mar 2010 15:02 : \____

> [quote]
> Judge certifies class-action lawsuit against Microsoft Canada
> 3/9/2010 10:55:00 AM | Canadian Press (English)
> VANCOUVER, B.C. - A British Columbia judge has certified a class-action
> lawsuit against Microsoft that alleges the software giant engaged in
> anti-competitive behaviour that enabled it to charge higher prices for
> its products.
> Justice E.M. Meyers concluded in a ruling released Monday that
> Vancouver-based Pro-Sys Consultants, which is leading the plaintiffs in
> the case, has met requirements for certification for the lawsuit to
> proceed as a class action.
> The legal action against Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) was launched in 2006 on
> behalf of a number of indirect purchasers who acquired Microsoft
> software from resellers and from those who had Microsoft software
> pre-installed on their computers.
> They argue they were forced to pay more for the software component of
> their purchase as a result of Microsoft's anti-competitive actions.
> Pro-Sys alleges that the indirect sellers suffered harm from paying
> prices that were artificially inflated by anti-competitive behaviour.
> [/quote]
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Bill Gates already invests about $2 billion in the Canadian government (see report from the LA Times), so expect it to become political, as usual.

Microsoft to appeal B.C. court ruling on class action lawsuit

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft Corp. plans to appeal a British Columbia court 
| decision that certified a class-action lawsuit alleging the 
| computer giant illegally got rid of its competition, then 
| raised its prices.
| In a ruling released this week, B.C. Supreme Court Justice 
| Elliott Myers certified the action on behalf of "all 
| persons in British Columbia who, on or after Jan. 1, 1994, 
| indirectly acquired a licence for Microsoft operating 
| systems and/or Microsoft applications software for their 
| own use."
| That covers pretty well everyone who bought a personal 
| computer, or Microsoft Word or Exel, in the province since 
| 1994, the plaintiffs' lawyer, J.J. Camp, of Camp Fiorante 
| Matthews, said in an interview. That includes governments 
| as well as banks and other organizations that would have 
| bought thousands of computers, he said. "It's a very 
| substantial number."


Class-action suit targets Microsoft software

,----[ Quote ]
| A British Columbia judge has certified a class-action 
| lawsuit against Microsoft that could affect hundreds of 
| thousands of people who have bought personal computers 
| containing Microsoft software over the past 16 years.
| The representative plaintiffs â a small Richmond, B.C., 
| computer-consultant company named Pro-Sys Consultants Ltd., 
| and a Vancouver engineer named Neil Godfrey â allege that 
| the software giant engaged in predatory, "anti-competitive" 
| activity in virtually wiping out the competition.


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