Every year or so, this happens - this time, it's HP who are suing aftermarket ink cartridge makers.|
Of course, since their attempts to use the DMCA as a bludgeon have all fallen flat, now they're suing on false advertising grounds...
Yesterday, HP filed a complaint with the US District Court of Northern California against RhinoTek, accusing the refiller of false advertising - it maintains RhinoTek's "packaging and promotional materials are calculated to give consumers the impression that defendants' cartridges are new". HP's filing requests the court order RhinoTek to make it clear that the company is selling used and refilled cartridges. It also requests RhinoTek's profits from the allegedly mis-sold products be handed over as damages.I'd have a lot more respect for them if they didn't mark their prices so high for "real" HP cartridges. If Rhinotek's guilty of false advertising, HP's definitely guilty of price gouging.