Your old software owes you money. Find out more about the Canadian Microsoft Software Class Action.
If you purchased PC versions of Microsoft MS-DOS, Windows, Office, Word, and/or Excel between 1998 and 2010, you could be entitled to up to $250 in CASH COMPENSATION!
The Class Action
The Class Actions alleged that Microsoft and Microsoft Canada were involved in a conspiracy to illegally increase prices for certain Microsoft products. While the defendants do not admit, and expressly deny, any wrongdoing or liability, they have settled in court.
After deductions for court approved legal fees and other expenses, the maximum settlement amount that will be available as compensation to members of these Class Actions will be $409,936,100 CAD.
Who Can Receive A Payment?
You can be eligible to submit a claim if you meet the following requirements.
- were a Canadian resident as of May 25, 2016 who, between December 23, 1998 and March 11, 2010 (inclusive) purchased a license for:
- PC versions of Microsoft’s Word, Excel, Office, Works Suite, or Home Essentials applications software (including any full upgrade versions); OR
- PC versions of Microsoft’s MS-DOS or Windows operating systems software.
- You must have made this purchase for personal or business use in Canada on an Intel-compatible personal computer, and not for resale.
If you purchased a Microsoft product to use on your computer, or a new PC computer with a Microsoft product already installed, that means that you purchased a license for the product.
How Much Will I Get?
The amount you are eligible to claim directly relates to the products and quantities you purchased. The following table outlines the Payments per Microsoft product license range:
|Category Product Type||Amount per Eligible License (CAD)|
|Category I Product||(MS-DOS and Windows operating system software)||$13.00 CAD|
|Category II Product||(Office productivity suite applications)||$8.00 CAD|
|Category III Product||(Excel spreadsheet applications)||$6.50 CAD|
|Category IV Product||(Word word processing applications and productive suite applications other than Office)||$6.50 CAD|
You DO NOT need documentation to submit a claim, pending it is under $250. If you are claiming more that $250, you will need to provide documentation to support your claim.
About Your Payment
You have until September 23, 2021 to complete your claim.
Payments are expected to begin being processed in early 2022, so be patient.