You can claim up to $250 without reciepts! 👇💰
The deadline to claim money from Canada's class action lawsuit against Microsoft is just around the corner, so it's worth double-checking to see if you qualify for a payout.
Back in 2020, one of Canada's largest-ever class action lawsuits was launched against Microsoft and Microsoft Canada for allegedly conspiring to illegally increase product prices.
Although the company has denied any wrongdoing, it did agree to a hefty settlement at the end of last year. Thanks to the $400 million agreement, Canadian customers can now claim up to $250 back for their Microsoft PC software without receipts.
What are the details?
Canadian customers can claim for qualifying Microsoft PC software purchased between December 23, 1998, and March 11, 2010. This includes Windows, Office, Word, Excel or MS-DOS.
Dell desktop computers bought during the same period are also eligible under the agreement, as long as they have a Microsoft operating system and an Office suite.
According to CBC News, when the settlement was originally approved in 2018, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Elliott Myers said "virtually any non-Apple personal computer user since 1998" could get money back.
How much can I get?
To make it super simple, the courts pre-approved refunds for a number of products. For example, those with MS-DOS and Windows operating systems can claim $13, those with the Microsoft Office productivity suite are eligible for $8 and those with Excel, Word and applications other than Office can get $6.50 back.
Canadians can claim multiple programs on every desktop or laptop they owned during the qualifying time period, so these figures could add up pretty quickly.
It's possible to claim for up to $250 without providing receipts. However, those making larger claims "will be asked for some documentation as proof of purchase."
Applicants are also required to submit a formal sworn declaration promising that they're being honest.
How do I claim?
Claims can be made via the ThatSuiteMoney website. It says that while the claims process is "simple," it does involve a number of steps.
The site asks the claimant a series of questions to help verify eligibility, before asking them to detail which products they want to claim for.
Then, there is an opportunity to add any supporting documentation, before the individual is required to certify that any details entered are "complete and true."
The deadline to submit a claim is September 23, 2021.
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