Microsoft settles Iowa consumer antitrust lawsuit

BILL GATES, chairman of Microsoft Corp., speaks late last month at a promotional event for the new Windows Vista. /
BILL GATES, chairman of Microsoft Corp., speaks late last month at a promotional event for the new Windows Vista. /
Microsoft Corp., the world's biggest software maker, has settled a case claiming it used its monopoly position to overcharge Iowa consumers for software products including Windows, Word and Excel. Microsoft reached an accord with a statewide class of consumers who had purchased Microsoft products since 1994. The plaintiffs claimed the company violated Iowa antitrust law…

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