WINDSOR, ON, May 26, 2016 /CNW/ -
WHAT'S THIS ABOUT?
Class action proceedings have been certified or authorized by the courts of British Columbia, Ontario and Québec alleging that beginning in 1988, Microsoft engaged in anticompetitive conduct resulting in overcharges for the following Intel-compatible personal computer ("PC") operating systems and Intel-compatible PC applications software: Word, Excel, Office, Works Suite, Home Essentials, MS-DOS, and Windows ("Microsoft Software").
The Courts have not yet made any decision on the merits of the claim or the defences in any of the three separate class actions.
WHO IS INCLUDED?
You are a class member in one of the class actions if you live in Canada at the time of this notice and, between December 23, 1998, and March 11, 2010 (inclusive) you purchased for your own use (not for resale) genuine Microsoft Software or a PC loaded with genuine Microsoft Software from someone other than Microsoft, and do not opt out of the appropriate class action (the "Class Members").
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
If you are a Class Member, you do not need to do anything to continue to be included in the appropriate class action. You will be bound by any decisions in the appropriate class action and you may share in any money that may ultimately be paid to Class Members. Unless you exclude yourself from the appropriate class action, you cannot bring your own lawsuit.
You should preserve any records relating to proof of purchase and the purchase amount of any Microsoft Software or PC loaded with Microsoft Software.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO IF I DON'T WANT TO BE BOUND?
If you do not want to be a Class Member who is legally bound by these class actions, you must exclude yourself by July 25, 2016. To learn how to exclude yourself, contact class counsel at the address and website information below.
If you exclude yourself by the deadline, you may be able to bring your own lawsuit, but you cannot collect any money that may ultimately be paid to Class Members as a result of these class actions.
WHO PAYS THE LAWYERS?
If the class actions are successful, class counsel have agreements with the representative plaintiffs in each of the class actions that they are paid a percentage of the total amount that they obtain for the Class Members. The agreements can only be enforced if approved by the courts. The courts will also have to approve the amount that is paid to class counsel.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
It is strongly recommended that you review the long form of this Legal Notice which can be obtained on class counsel's websites.
If you are resident in B.C., contact:
Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman
400-856 Homer Street,
Vancouver, BC V6B 2W5
1-800-689-2322 or (604) 689-7555
Attn: Linnae Roach
If you are resident in Quebec, contact:
Bouchard Pagé Tremblay, s.e.n.c
510-825 boul. Lebourgneuf,
Québec, QC, G2J 0B9
1-855-768-6667 or (418) 622-6699
Attn: Brian A. Garneau
All other Canadian residents, contact:
Sutts, Strosberg LLP
600 – 251 Goyeau Street
Windsor, ON, N9A 6V4
Attn: Heather Rumble Peterson
This notice contains a summary of some of the terms of the certification/authorization orders in the class actions. If there is a conflict between the provisions of this notice and the orders, including the schedules to the orders, the terms of the courts' certification/authorization orders in each class action shall prevail.
SOURCE Sutts, Strosberg LLP
For further information: If you are resident in B.C., contact: Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman, 400-856 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2W5, 1-800-689-2322 or (604) 689-7555, www.cfmlawyers.ca/microsoft, Attn: Linnae Roach, [email protected]; If you are resident in Quebec, contact: Bouchard Pagé Tremblay, s.e.n.c, 510-825 boul. Lebourgneuf, Québec, QC, G2J 0B9, 1-855-768-6667 or (418) 622-6699, www.bptavocats.com, Attn: Brian A. Garneau, [email protected]; All other Canadian residents, contact: Sutts, Strosberg LLP, 600 - 251 Goyeau Street, Windsor, ON, N9A 6V4, 1-800-229-5323 extn.8296, www.strosbergco.com/microsoft, Attn: Heather Rumble Peterson, [email protected]