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Microsoft claim deadline nearing

JACKSON — The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is reminding consumers that the deadline to file a claim in Mississippi’s settlement with Microsoft is nearing an end. 

Mississippi announced its $100 million plus settlement with the company in June.

The state immediately received $40 million into its coffers, while another $60 million has been set aside for people, schools and businesses to file on.

“We want Mississippians to take a moment and see whether or not they qualify and, if so, take advantage of this opportunity,” said Attorney General Hood. “I would like to see every bit of that $60 million go back into our consumer’s pocketbooks. Nevertheless, if the vouchers are redeemed at a lower rate than I hope, the state may recover several million dollars in addition to the $40 million already paid by Microsoft.”

To receive benefits under the settlement agreement, one must be a Mississippi resident, and between Jan. 1, 1996 and June 11, 2009, purchased certain licensed Microsoft software, or a personal computer with certain Microsoft software installed on it, for use in Mississippi and not for resale. Many schools, small and large businesses may also be eligible.

Eligible Mississippians have until Oct. 16 to submit a claim form, which can be downloaded by visiting www.agjimhood.com. Consumers must complete a claims form and submit proof of qualification if the claim is for more than five licenses. For five claims or less, one only needs a sworn declaration. The claims form, along with proof of qualification, if required, must be postmarked by Oct. 16 and mailed to: Microsoft Products Settlement-Mississippi, PO Box 4153, Portland, OR 97208-4153.

Eligible purchasers who file a claim by the deadline are eligible to receive vouchers that the settlement administrator will redeem for rebates on purchases of qualifying hardware or qualifying software, if purchased before June 11, 2009. The voucher amounts per qualifying license are $12 per license for Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows ME and $5 per license for Application Products (i.e. Office, Word, Excel), MS-DOS, Windows 1.xx-3.xx Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT Workstation, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

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