Class action suits against Microsoft limited

— 4:42 AM on April 15, 2003

C|Net is reporting that a federal judge has rejected a number of bids for class action status for more than 60 lawsuits against Microsoft:

According to the ruling issued by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz in Maryland, Microsoft would not have to face a class-action consumer lawsuit because it would be difficult to identify a group of plaintiffs who would be considered typical buyers of Microsoft's software.

The ruling, which would make it more difficult for plaintiffs' lawyers to extract multimillion-dollar settlements from the software giant, comes after Microsoft settled its antitrust case with the federal government and most states in the past few months.

However, it does appear that lawsuits applying to smaller groups of plaintiffs have a chance at class action status; the very same judge granted class action status to a lawsuit seeking damages for consumers who bought products from Microsoft's own web site.
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