Home
Global Supplier Directory
APPLIANCE Engineer
Supplier Solutions
APPLIANCE Line
Whitepaper Library
Calendar of Events
Association Locator
Contents Pages
Market Research
Subscription Center


 
Daily News

Computer Makers Sued over Hard-Drive Size Claims
Sep 19, 2003
 Printable format
 Email this Article
 Search

A group of computer owners has filed a lawsuit against some of the world's biggest makers of personal computers, claiming that their advertising deceptively overstates the true capacity of their hard drives.

The lawsuit, which seeks class action status, was filed earlier this week in Los Angeles Superior Court against Apple Computer Inc., Dell Inc., Gateway Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM, Sharp Corp., Sony Corp., and Toshiba Corp.

The lawsuit brought by Los Angeles residents Lanchau Dan, Adam Selkowitz, Tim Swan, and John Zahabian centers around the way that computer hard drives are described by manufacturers.

According to the lawsuit, computer hard drive capacities are described in promotional material in decimal notation, but the computer reads and writes data to the drives in a binary system.

The result is that a hard drive described as being 20 gigabytes would actually have only 18.6 gigabytes of readable capacity, the lawsuit said.

The plaintiffs said this difference in convention is deceptive and leaves buyers with less storage than they thought they were getting when they purchased their computers.

For example, when a consumer buys what he thinks is a 150 gigabyte hard drive, the plaintiffs said, he actually gets only 140 gigabytes of storage space. That missing 10 gigabytes, they claim, could store an extra 2,000 digitized songs or 20,000 pictures.

The lawsuit asks for an injunction against the purportedly unfair marketing practices, an order requiring the defendants to disclose their practices to the public, restitution, disgorgement of ill-gotten profits, and attorneys' fees. (Reuters)

Back to Daily News

 

Daily News

...........................................................

Oct 30, 2014: Whirlpool Corp. reports strong third-quarter

Oct 30, 2014: Consumer Confidence Index rebounds in October

Oct 29, 2014: New home sales up slightly in September 2014

Oct 29, 2014: Restaurant customers are using technology more frequently

Oct 29, 2014: Canadian HVAC/R wholesaler sales up 5.3% so far in 2014

More Daily News>>

RSS Feeds
.........................................................
Appliance Industry
Market Research

...........................................................

October 2014: Portrait of the European Appliance Industry
September 2014: Appliance Industry Focus: HVAC
June 2014: Appliance Magazine Market Insight: April 2014
May 2014: Appliance Magazine Market Insight: March 2014




 
Contact Us | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising | Home
UBM Canon © 2014  

Please visit these other UBM Canon sites

UBM Canon Corporate | Design News | Test & Measurement World | Packaging Digest | EDN | Qmed | Plastics Today | Powder Bulk Solids | Canon Trade Shows