AG Jim Hood says state to get $40M from Microsoft settlement, another $60M in vouchers

Microsoft settles Miss. lawsuit for $100 million

JACKSON, Miss. — Microsoft’s settlement of an antitrust lawsuit filed by the state of Mississippi will result in a payment of $40 million in 40 days.

In addition, Mississippi schools, business and others will get about $60 million in vouchers to buy computers, software and other services as part of the settlement.

Attorney General Jim Hood said a Hinds County judge on Thursday signed off on the $100 million settlement. The state sued Microsoft in 2004 claiming the company engaged in anticompetitive conduct that caused customers to pay more for software than they would have if there had been competition.

The lawsuit was similar to dozens of others filed by attorneys general across the country.

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