This past Friday, Iowa's Polk County District Court Judge Scott Rosenberg approved the final $179 million dollar settlement between Microsoft and Iowa customers. The settlement itself was announced last April, but final approval had been withheld as the last details of the decision were worked out.
The settlement itself finishes Iowa's long-running case against Microsoft. Seven years ago, Des Moines lawyer Roxanne Conlin filed suit against the Redmond-based company, claiming that Microsoft had engaged in anti-competitive behavior that caused consumers to pay more for software than they actually would had competition existed. The original lawsuit sought $330 million on behalf of Iowa citizens, but the settled-upon $179 million still represents the largest class action award to date in Iowa.