Canadians don't need receipts for the class-action lawsuit against Microsoft

Dec 15 2020, 3:12 pm

Canadian’s don’t need receipts to make a claim of up to $250 in the class-action lawsuit against Microsoft.

The class-action lawsuit alleged that Microsoft and Microsoft Canada were conspiring to illegally increase product prices.

The agreement allows consumers in Canada to claim up to $250 for their Microsoft PC software — Windows, Office, Word, Excel or MS-DOS — purchased between December 23, 1998, and March 11, 2010, without receipts. For any claims that are higher, proof of purchase is necessary.

And the purchase must have been made for personal or business use in Canada on an Intel-compatible personal computer and not for resale.

To make a claim, the application process has been made to be straightforward to follow.

Payments per Microsoft product licence range from $6.50 to $13 for both Consumer Cash Payments (if you purchased a licence for one of the Microsoft products listed) and Volume Licensee Vouchers (if you purchased a licence for one of the Microsoft products listed through a Microsoft volume licensing program).

The lawsuits commenced in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec but include Canadian residents in all provinces and territories.

Microsoft agreed to the settlement but denied any wrongdoing or liability.

Submitting a claim for compensation can be done no later than September 23, 2021.

The settlement was capped at $517 million and amounts to around $400 million for consumers after deducting legal fees and expenses.

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