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Microsoft has settled a class action suit filed by a group of seven Minnesota people and businesses. Lawyers are thrashing out terms, so there are no details of the settlement yet. Microsoft expects to make the detail public in early summer when the settlement is presented to the court for preliminary approval.

The Minnesota plaintiffs filed suit against Microsoft in March, accusing the firm of overcharging on its Windows operating system. They sought huge damages, variously reported as $400m and $500m, under Minnesota's anti-trust laws.

Microsoft has settled many anti-trust suits with individual US states (and individuals in states), without ever admitting wrongdoing. ®

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