Microsoft Settles Suit Against Spam King. Microsoft has settled a lawsuit against former spam kind Scott Richter. Richter and his company, OptInRealBig.com, agreed to pay US$7 million to Microsoft, although that settlement is conditioned on dismissal of two bankruptcy cases filed by Richter and the company. According to Microsoft, $5 million of the settlement will go to expand the company's Internet safety partnerships with governments and law enforcement agencies worldwide. The funds will pay for technical training, investigative and forensic assistance, and the development of new technology tools.The company has pledged another $1 million to provide community centers in New York state with broader access to computers for underprivileged children and adults.