This is the homepage for the West Virginia ex rel. McGraw v. Microsoft Corp., Case Number 01-C-197 Settlement.
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Plaintiffs Darrell V. McGraw, Jr., Attorney General of West Virginia, and Jacquelyn E. Gordon allege that Microsoft unlawfully used anticompetitive means to maintain a monopoly in markets for certain software, and that as a result, it overcharged West Virginia consumers who licensed its MS-DOS, Windows, Word, Excel and Office software. Microsoft denies plaintiff's allegations and believes that it developed and sold high quality and innovative software products at fair and reasonable prices. On June 16, 2003, the parties settled the case, and the Court conditionally certified a Settlement Class (defined in the notice ) and approved a preliminary Settlement Agreement, signed by Microsoft Corporation and Class Counsel. The Court granted final approval of the Settlement at a hearing on February 10, 2004.
Microsoft will povide half the value of the unclaimed Settlement Benefits to help West Virginia's public schools - those with at least 50% of their students qualifying for the federal free and reduced-price school lunch programs. West Virginia's public schools will receive vouchers to use on a wide variety of computer hardware, software and professional development services.