In October 2006, customers who purchased Dell Inspiron 1100, 1150, 5100 and 5160 notebooks filed a class actioin lawsuit against Dell, Inc. alleging misconduct in connection with the design, manufacture, warranting, advertising and selling of these computers. Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, with co-counsel, represent plaintiffs.
Plaintiffs' Factual Allegations
As set forth in the complaint, plaintiffs allege Dell Inspiron 110, 1150, 5100 and 5160 notebooks are designed and manufactured with three uniform and inherent defects:
- The notebooks' coolinig systems are inadequate to dissipate the heat generated through normal use;
- The power supply system prematurely fails when used as intended; and
- The motherboards on the notebooks prematurely fail.
These alleged defects cause Dell Inspiron 1100, 1150, 5100 and 5160 notebooks to shut down unexpectedly or fail to boot up and/or the batteries will fail to hold a charge, or will hold a charge for only a short time, well before the expected end of the battery’s life.
Plaintiffs also allege the Dell concealed the true defective nature of its Inspiron 1100, 1150, 5100 and 5160 notebooks, and failed to recall the notebooks or take other adequate remedial action. Instead, plainteffs charge Dell sold and serviced Inspiron 1100, 1150, 5100 and 5160 notebooks even though it knew that the notebooks would prematurely fail.
Nearly identical allegations in this class action were made in an earlier lawsuit against Dell for defects with the Inspiron 5150 notebook computer. The parties have reached a settlement in the Inspiron 5150 case.
Plaintiffs seek to represent a class consisting of all individuals and entities in California who own or have owned any one or more of the Dell Inspiron notebooks, computer models 1100, 1150, 5100 or 5160.
Plaintiffs seek actual damages, equitable relief (including restitution, injunctive relief, and disgorgement of profits), civil penalties and punitive damages.
Owners of Dell Inspiron notebooks that would like to report their experiences or wish to learn more about the class action lawsuit are welcome to contact an attorney at Lieff Cabraser.
About Lieff Cabraser
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, is a national law firm with offices in San Francisco, New York and Nashville. We are recognized for our successful prosecution of individual and class action lawsuits involving defective products, ranging from faulty building and home products to defective computers and computer related products.
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