Suit Claims Samsung Fudged Speed Tests On Galaxy S4s

Law360, Los Angeles (February 7, 2014, 6:27 PM EST) -- Samsung Telecommunications America LLC and a subsidiary were hit Friday with a putative class action in California federal court filed by a consumer who says the tech giant programmed its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphones to run at higher-than-normal speeds during tests in an attempt to boost sales.

Named plaintiff Daniel Norcia, who seeks to represent purchasers of 16-gigabyte Galaxy S4 devices in California, says Samsung altered speeds upon detection of benchmarking apps, performance-measuring tools used by reviewers and consumers. Samsung knew publications and review sites regularly...
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