Hood has recieved State’s $40 million from Microsoft

Jackson, MS-Attorney General Jim Hood has received the state’s $40 million portion of a $100 million settlement with software giant Microsoft.

A $100 million settlement between the State of Mississippi and Microsoft was reached June 10, 2009, in order to settle anti-trust claims. The agreement called for Microsoft to pay the state $40 million within 40 days. Up to $60 million more will be provided to consumers, businesses, all county/local/municipal government entities, public schools and public school districts.

Attorney General Hood signed the check over for deposit to state coffers this morning.

“This money comes at a great time for our state,” said Attorney General Jim Hood. “It has been deposited into the state’s general fund to be used as the legislature deems necessary.”

The claims administrator is currently scheduled to begin contacting consumers about reimbursements on August 17.

The Attorney General’s website will be updated as more information on the reimbursement becomes available. It currently contains more information about the settlement and who is eligible. To locate the most frequently asked questions in regard to the Microsoft settlement go to www.agjimhood.com, look under “about” on the main page, and click on “Microsoft Settlement”.

Hood Presser
7/23/9