MS squares Arizona with rebate

Vouchers all round...

Microsoft's legal love-in continued yesterday when it settled a class action suit brought by the State of Arizona at a cost of $105m.

The case was brought on behalf of Arizona residents overcharged by Microsoft. Consumers and businesses in the state who bought software between 1996 and 2002 are entitled to vouchers. Anyone who bought a Microsoft operating system is entitled to a $15 voucher, customers who bought applications get $9. Arizona's schools will get half the value of any unclaimed or unused vouchers. The settlement will cost Microsoft between $52m and $105m.

The agreement has been given initial approval by Judge Michael O'Melia and final settlement is set for 10 December.

Microsoft has recently kissed and made up with Sun ending a long legal fight. It has also settled with the State of California for $1.1bn and with ten other states.®

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