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HP Faces Class Action Again

HP Faces Class Action Again

HP to FaceAccording to topclassactions.com, two owners of HP All-in-One Printers filed a class action lawsuit against the tech company for misrepresenting the functionality of the printers, which allegedly cannot scan or fax when ink is low or empty.

This design flaw pushes owners of All-in-One Printersto purchase ink cartridges more than is strictly necessary, say Gary Freund and Wayne McMath, who filed the class action lawsuit against HP, Inc., also known as HP Computing and Printing Inc.

Freund owns an HP Envy 6455e All-in-One Wireless Color Printer, and McMath purchased an HP Deskjet 2655 All-in-One Compact Printer, both of which allegedly experience the so-called design flaw.

HP class action claims company forces consumers to purchase ‘incredibly overpriced ink cartridges in perpetuity.’

By making printer owners repeatedly buy printer ink, which “can exceed $80 an ounce,” HP stands to make billions of dollars in ink sales alone, according to the HP class action.

“The not-so-hidden secret in the retail printer industry is that manufacturers like HP are very willing to lose money on the sale of printers in order to force consumers to purchase incredibly overpriced ink cartridges in perpetuity,” the complaint says.

To that end, the lawsuit says HP claims in its marketing, advertising, packaging and website representations, that its All-in-One Printers can print, copy, scan and, in some cases, fax documents at any time. However, it supposedly fails to disclose that the scanning and faxing functions of the printer, which do not require ink, do not work if the ink cartridges are low or empty.

Freund and McMath seek monetary damages and injunctive relief requiring HP to cease its allegedly misleading advertising and inform consumers of its alleged errors.

Freund and McMath seek to represent a nationwide class that includes everyone who bought an HP All-in-One Printer for personal/household use at any time within the applicable statute of limitations, as well as California and Minnesota subclasses.

The plaintiff is represented by Trenton R. Kashima of Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman PLLC, et al.

The HP All-in-One Printers class action lawsuit is Freund, et al. v. HP, Inc., Case No. 2:22-cv-3794, in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.



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