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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Gets Away With "Funny Money" Reimbursements in Wisconsin

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Gets Away With "Funny Money" Reimbursements in Wisconsin
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2010 07:35:09 +0100
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Technology vouchers for schools

,----[ Quote ]
| The School District of Beloit will be 
| receiving about $2 million in vouchers to 
| buy software from Microsoft as the result 
|     ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| of a lawsuit settlement.


Sheboygan schools get $1.2M in court settlement


Schools to cash in on lawsuit settlement

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| The vouchers are part of a second phase of 
| the settlement. The initial 2006 
| settlement gave vouchers to anyone that 
| bought specific Microsoft products or a 
| computer and had those products installed 
| for use in Wisconsin between Dec. 7, 1993, 
| and April 30, 2003.
| The second phase distributes money not 
| claimed in the first phase. A Milwaukee 
| County judge ruled that once all the 
| original plaintiffs were paid, the 
| remaining money should be split between 
| Microsoft and Wisconsin public schools, 
| according to news reports.


Schools in area to get funds from Microsoft settlement 


Schools With Low-Income Students Get Computer Vouchers


Madison school system to reap $3.4 million in settlement with Microsoft

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| A drawn-out legal settlement with 
| Microsoft will reap more than $3.4 million 
| in high-tech funding for Madison public 
| schools, officials said Monday.
| Itâs welcome news in a district facing an 
| $18.1 million budget hole, even though the 
| windfall comes with restrictions on how 
| the money can be spent, based on what the 
| districtâs current technology programs 
| include.
| [...]
| The funds come from the antitrust class 
| action lawsuit Spence et al. v. Microsoft, 
| which was filed on behalf of Wisconsin 
| government entities, business and 
| consumers, and settled in 2007 for $224 
| million. Schools and school districts that 
| filed claims will receive nearly $80 
| million of that in vouchers for equipment, 
| software and training, which are to be 
| directed to schools in which at least a 
| third of students in 2005 came from low-
| income households.
| [...]
| The districtâs chief information officer, 
| Kurt Kiefer, said priorities include 
| making schools wireless, purchasing mobile 
| technologies for schools, and buying basic 
| display technologies for teachers such as 
| data projectors.


Wis. Schools Get $80 Million In Reimbursements


Microsoft Gives Wisconsin Schools $80M


Schools score $80M in reimbursements


Over 800 schools get $80 million in reimbursements


Wisconsin Schools Get $80 Million In Reimbursements


State schools get $80 million in reimbursements from Microsoft antitrust lawsuit


Antigo Schools Receive $700,000 Following Microsoft Settlement 

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| The Unified School District of Antigo has 
| more than $700,000 to spend on technology. 
| The vouchers came Monday as the result of 
| a class-action lawsuit settlement the 
| state had with Microsoft Corp.


State schools to share $80 million Microsoft settlement 

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| The influx of funds is substantial - low-
| income schools in Milwaukee Public Schools 
| will share about $25 million, while the 
| public school districts in Madison, 
| Kenosha and Green Bay will each receive 
| vouchers of more than $3 million to split 
| among their low-income schools.


Antitrust suit is boon for schools  


10 years after Microsoft vs. DoJ 

,----[ Quote ]
| Ten years after losing a bitterly 
| contested antitrust browser battle to the 
| U.S. Department of Justice, debate 
| continues as to whether Microsoft was 
| tamed by the legal rebuke or freed to 
| treat it like a speed bump. 



Microsoft settles suit with Mississippi for $100 mln

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| Microsoft faced a rush of class-action suits on behalf of consumers in
| individual states after a U.S. federal judge found in 2000 that the world's
| largest software company abused its monopoly power by tying its Internet
| Explorer browser to its Windows operating system.



Crimes Microsoft Gets Away With - So Far

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| News publications are cautious about making accusations, and because of that,
| some nasty acts of Microsoft are essentially being erased from the record.
| [...]
| Microsoft convinced Baystar Capital to put $50 Million dollars into SCO's
| lawsuit against IBM and other Open Source users, and promised to "backstop"
| Baystar's investment if SCO lost money, according to this sworn testimony.
| But I'm told that one person's testimony, even sworn testimony, isn't proof.

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