blind_html [Fwd: BAH Windows Vista lawsuit loses class-action status]

  • From: Nimer <nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 09:15:45 -0700

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Subject:        BAH Windows Vista lawsuit loses class-action status
Date:   Fri, 20 Feb 2009 11:10:58 -0500
From:   David Whitehead <d.h.whitehead@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Reply-To:       blindAccessHelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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> Windows Vista lawsuit loses class-action status
> Thursday, February 19, 2009
> The Associated Press
> A lawsuit claiming people were fleeced by the way Microsoft Corp.
> advertised
> some Windows XP computers as capable of running the new Vista operating
> system is no longer a class action, a federal judge has ruled.
> The lawsuit, certified last February as a class action, argued that
> Microsoft's designation of some PCs as "Windows Vista Capable" was
> misleading because many of those computers were not powerful enough to
> support all of Vista's features, including the sleeker "Aero" user
> interface.
> U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman reversed course and decertified
> the
> class action late Wednesday. In her decision, she wrote that the people
> who
> brought the lawsuit did not prove Microsoft artificially inflated demand
> for
> PCs that could run only the stripped-down version of Vista.
> They also failed to prove Microsoft was unjustly enriched by sales of
> "Vista
> Capable" computers, Pechman wrote.
> The judge did leave the door open for individuals to pursue similar
> lawsuits
> against Microsoft, however.
> Over the last year, the case has made public reams of e-mails between
> Microsoft, PC makers and chipmakers that show top executives questioning
> Microsoft's marketing plan for the months preceding Vista's January 2007
> launch.
> In part to keep PC demand from dropping off during the important holiday
> season, Microsoft and computer makers stuck the "Vista Capable" labels on
> some computers, while marking other, more powerful machines as "Premium
> Ready," or able to run a full-fledged version of Vista.
> Some emails also indicated Microsoft lowered its standards for "Vista
> Capable" computers to include a certain line of Intel Corp. chips.
> While Pechman did not find enough support for the class-action suit, she
> didn't indulge Microsoft's request to end the matter with a ruling in its
> favour. She wrote that the emails raised enough questions about
> Microsoft's
> marketing decisions - and their potential to deceive shoppers - to leave
> individuals the option to sue.
> Microsoft shares closed down 21 cents US, or 1.2 per cent, at $17.91 US.
> The Canadian Press, 2009

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