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PRNewswire/Yahoo!: Microsoft Sends Lindows.com Takedown Notice for MSfreePC.com

Sep 29, 2003, 18:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert A. Rosenfeld)

"Lindows.com Inc. received the following take down notice concerning its MSfreePC web service designed to help Microsoft customers process their claims from the $1.1 billion settlement Microsoft has agreed to pay...

"This firm represents Microsoft Corporation in a class action pending in San Francisco Superior Court, in which the Court has recently granted preliminary approval to a settlement. We just received a copy of a letter sent to you by counsel for the plaintiffs, raising some concerns about your www.msfreepc.com website. Our concerns about the website go far beyond those noted by plaintiffs' counsel. Your unauthorized website offers class members the opportunity to submit claims under the Microsoft settlement and obtain an 'Instant Settlement' that they may use to purchase between $50 to $100 worth of Lindows software. The website also states that it offers a free PC to 'the first 10,000 people who buy $100 worth of products.'

"For the reasons set forth below, your website is deceptive, seriously mischaracterizes the settlement, misleads the public and encourages class members to submit improper fraudulent claims that will be denied by the Settlement Claims Administrator. Microsoft strongly supports the right of the class members to claim benefits under the settlement and use those benefits to purchase qualifying computer hardware and/or software of any manufacturer, including Lindows. Microsoft is also committed to protecting the integrity of the settlement, the authorized website established by Court order and the claims process preliminarily approved by the Court..."

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