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HP Inc firmware class actions to combine?

December 8, 2016

The plaintiffs across four class actions concerning the firmware update are trying to “consolidate the cases” in California.hplogonew

The Recycler first reported on the firmware update in September, and reported further complaints from the industry and consumers, with the OEM’s EU helpdesk claiming that it was “working on a solution” soon after. The OEM told The Recycler in response that the printers affected “will continue to work with refilled or remanufactured cartridges with an Original HP security chip”, but later apologised and announced an update to reverse the firmware change.

Aftermarket companies responded to the update by noting their products still work after the update, including Static Control, 3T Supplies’ Peach division, Armor, KMP, LD Products, Gikar Industrial, Pelikan and Cartridge People. It did eventually issue the firmware fix in October, but two law firms – Garrison Davis LLC and Girard Gibbs – began class actions against the OEM.

Now, Harris Martin has reported that the plaintiffs across four actions are seeking to “consolidate the cases in California”, with the “pending nationwide class actions accusing HP Inc of using software updates to disable HP printers that utilised competitors’ ink cartridges”.

The motion was filed on 5 December with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, and states that the claims “in all four cases against HP Inc are sufficiently similar to warrant transfer and coordination before a single federal judge”, specifically Judge Lucy H. Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

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