Judge makes ‘Vista Capable’ lawsuit a class-action affair

From ComputerWorld:

A federal judge in Seattle last week granted class-action status to a lawsuit that claimed Microsoft Corp. duped consumers when it promoted PCs as “Vista Capable” in the run up to the 2006 holidays.

The original lawsuit was filed almost a year ago by Washington state resident Diane Kelley, who charged Microsoft with deceptive practices in letting PC makers slap a “Vista Capable” sticker on PCs when “a large number” of the machines could run only Vista Home Basic, the entry-level version of the operating system. Kelley was later joined by a Californian Kenneth Hansen; together, they requested class-action status for the lawsuit in November.

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