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Microsoft Is In A Class Action Lawsuit In Canada & You Might Be Able To Claim Money

If you've bought software like Excel or Word in the past few years, this could be for you.

As of last week, some Canadians have been able to file claims in a class-action lawsuit concerning Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Canada. 

According to the legal document, Microsoft was accused of engaging in "anti-competitive behaviour which has resulted in price increases of their operating systems" since 1988.*

According to a breakdown of the lawsuit, a settlement agreement has been reached between the defendants and the courts of British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec. 

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$250 Maximum you can collect without proof*

The total settlement amount is $ 409,936,100, after deducting various costs, such as taxes and fees from various law firms. 

To be eligible, you must be a Canadian resident since May 25, 2016, and have purchased a Microsoft license between December 23, 1998, and March 11, 2010.

This includes versions of software produced by Microsoft including Word, Excel, Office (including any updated version) or versions of MS-DOS software or the Windows operating system.

Anyone who has purchased a computer with any of this software included can also file a claim.

This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.

*This article has been updated.

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