Interesting lawsuit.

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Interesting lawsuit.
Feb 23, 2005

Came across this article in today's Calgary Herald Business Section. I have no idea whether this is a valid claim or not. I just thought it interesting.

Suit alleges HP rigs printers

Herald News Services

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Lawsuit - A Georgia woman has sued Hewlett-Packard Co. , claiming the ink cartridges for their printers are secretly programmed to expire on a certain date, in some cases rendering them useless before they are even installed in a printer.

The suit filed in Santa Clara Superior Court in northern California last Thursday seeks to represent anyone in the United States who purchased an HP inkjet printer since Feb. 2001. HP is the world's No. 1 computer printer maker.

HP spokesmen were not immediately available to comment.

HP ink cartridges use a chip technology to sense when they are low on ink and advise the user to make a change. But, the suit claims, those chips also shut down the cartridges at a predetermined date regardless of whether they are empty.

The suit, which seeks class-action status, asks for restitution, damages and other compensation.



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