updated 01:50 pm EST, Wed December 5, 2001
A team of attorneys representing Florida consumers who say they were overcharged by Microsoft Corp have issued a statement decrying the recently proposed settlement for a series of class action suits. Jim Thompson, one of the attorneys opposing the settlement, says "The main area of the marketplace where Microsoft is not dominant is in the field of education. This settlement will extend its monopoly into this area by giving their software to the schools and thereby squeezing out Apple and any semblance of competition." The proposed settlement would donate $1 billion worth of Microsoft software, refurbished personal computers and other resources to more than 12,500 of the nation's poorest schools.