Nationwide Class Loses Cert. Bid In HP Printer Defect Row

Law360, New York (March 15, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a motion to certify a nationwide class in a suit accusing Hewlett-Packard Co. of selling defective printers, saying a recent Ninth Circuit ruling bars national classes from suing under California consumer protection laws.

Plaintiff Chaim Kowalsky accused HP of violating California’s Unfair Competition Law and Consumer Legal Remedies Act, but U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh said a January Ninth Circuit ruling decertifying a nationwide class in a similar suit “controls and forecloses the certification of the proposed nationwide...
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