Microsoft Iowa Litigation

Des Moines attorney Charles Kenville has a great post on the need for lawyers to be mindful of the new media exposure in their cases.  Chuck has a criminal law bent to his post but his reminder is just as true for civil cases.

I know from experience that savvy businesses are acutely aware

It’s been a long time since I have written about the Microsoft-Iowa case but the hearing for final approval of the $179.95 million settlement is this Friday, August 31.  The settlement received preliminary approval from Judge Rosenberg back in April and I anticipate the judge will grant final approval of the settlement.

Class members are

Judge Rosenberg gave preliminary approval today of a $179.95 million dollar settlement in the Iowa consumer class action against Microsoft.  Unlike other settlements across the country, Microsoft has agreed to pay cash to consumers as opposed to vouchers for future purchases of software.  As I predicted, the settlement is substantial and actually in line opinion writer Daniel Lyons sure doesn’t think much of the settlement between the Iowa Plaintiffs and Microsoft in an article in which he links to Rush on Business.  His quote:

"I’m sorry, but I can’t work up any outrage over having to pay $100 for the student edition of Office.  And though I’m

The Iowa consumer class action case against Microsoft has settled.  Check out Des Moines patent lawyer Brett Trout’s blog post for details.  I’ll post more on the settlement at a later date.  Details of the settlement are confidential and will be announced this spring after court approval.

I’ll bet there are some happy jurors on

Microsoft has renewed its attacks against Roxanne Conlin in the Iowa consumer class action case.  This time Microsoft wants the right to question the named plaintiffs about their connections to Conlin before the lawsuit.  Apparently Microsoft believes Conlin recruited these plaintiffs to file the lawsuit.  According to the Des Moines Register, Conlin acknowledges she was

The Plaintiffs have now set up a Web site to post the public records in the Iowa consumer class action against Microsoft.  Just go to  The site currently has transcripts available.  Exhibits and further information will be available later this week.  A permanent Web site is expected to be set up during the