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Hot off the Press Story
Tech-Edge staff report 8/19/02

Intel, HP & Gateway Sued over False Pentium 4 Claims
Madison County , Illinois -

Earlier this summer in the Third Judicial Circuit in Madison County, Illinois, Intel, HP and Gateway and have been named as defendants in a new class action lawsuit that alleges the companies misled consumers about the performance of Intel's Pentium 4 processor. The defendents have for obvious reasons have fought to keep this VERY quite.

The case is awaiting a ruling on whether it belongs in state or federal jurisdiction, and has not yet achieved class action status.

Plaintiffs in the case allege the companies misled them into believing the Pentium 4 was a superior processor to Intel's own Pentium III and AMD's Athlon.

Attorneys Stephen M. Tillery and Aaron M. Zigler of the law firm Carr Korein Tillery in St. Louis, Missouri, filed the complaint on behalf of five plaintiffs. The firm declines to comment about the case, but Zigler confirms the June 3 filing.

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No dollar amount is specified in the suit, it cites California state law that provides each plaintiff with restitution of actual damages, property and punitive damages.

Intel, HP and Gateway executives citing company policies regarding ongoing litigation, also decline to comment on the complaint.

"The plaintiffs do not appear to be accusing Intel of lying about the P4's clock speed, says Rob Enderle, a research fellow with Giga Information Group. They're complaining about the P4's performance, and that's a crucial element to the case's viability", he says. "As long as the market is going after megahertz, and Intel is reporting the correct megahertz, then I do not think this is actionable," he says. "Megahertz is misleading, but that has to do with the fact that the industry doesn't use benchmarks.", as reported in PC World.

"The right answer really is benchmarks," he says. "We need to have a way that people can really see the difference between PCs."

All we know is that Apple has been telling people that for 10 years now. Hmmmm.




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