Case Details

Year Initiated/Committed


Year Resolved


Settlement Amount

$21 million


Circuit Court of Boone County, WV

Docket Number


Lead State


Participating States



Microsoft Corporation

Case Description

The State filed a lawsuit against Microsoft Corporation seeking damages caused to the State and its consumers because of Microsoft’s unlawful antitrust activities. In this action, the State sought damages for purchases made by governmental entities and consumers of the Windows 98 operating system. In June of 2003, the State reached a settlement with Microsoft Corporation along with a separate class of private plaintiffs. The Circuit Court of Boone County granted final approval in February of 2004. As part of the settlement, Microsoft paid the State $1.3 million in cash and made another $18 million available in vouchers to affected consumers and businesses. The remaining $1.7 million was allocated to vouchers for public schools and other state entities.