Microsoft, Lindows scrap over claims site

Microsoft has demanded that Linux seller take down a Web site that offers to process customer claims from the settlement of a California class-action suit against the software giant.

In a letter sent to the Linux seller on Friday and reprinted in a Lindows announcement Monday, attorney Robert Rosenfeld said Lindows' MSfreePC site includes false and misleading information and encourages filing of fraudulent claims. It demands that Lindows take down the site by noon Monday or face legal action by Microsoft.

Lindows announced the MSfreePC service earlier this month, offering to file claims on behalf of current and former California residents who qualify for proceeds from the $1.1 billion settlement of a class-action suit claiming Microsoft overcharged for its Windows operating system. People who submit a valid claim through the Lindows site receive an immediate credit in the amount of their anticipated settlement, good for the purchase of Lindows software or hardware. The first 10,000 people to submit claims will also get a free WebStation, the stripped-down network PC the company introduced earlier this year.

News source: C|Net

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