Intel chip security defect class actions have been filed in multiple federal courts throughout the country. These suits allege that Intel’s chips contain a security flaw known as Spectre and Meltdown. According to a recent federal securities filing by Intel: “In June 2017, a Google research team notified us and other companies that it had identified security vulnerabilities (now commonly referred to as “Spectre” and “Meltdown”) that affect many types of microprocessors, including our products.” Yet after discovering this defect, Intel continued to sell its products to unwitting consumers. Such consumers may wish to consult a Virginia lawyer who can advise them whether they may be better off pursuing a Virginia claim in the Virginia courts rather than relying on the class actions for appropriate compensation. In addition to banning multiple other unfair practices, the Virginia Consumer Protection Act prohibits the following:
- Misrepresenting that goods or services have certain quantities, characteristics, ingredients, uses, or benefits;
- Misrepresenting that goods or services are of a particular standard, quality, grade, style, or model; and,
- Using any other deception, fraud, false pretense, false promise, or misrepresentation in connection with a consumer transaction;
Consumers who are harmed by violations of the Act are entitled to damages for each violation in the amount of their actual damages, or $500, whichever is greater. Further, if the violation was willful, consumers may receive up to three times the actual damages sustained, or $1,000, whichever is greater. Additionally, the Act provides that the merchant who committed the violation must pay the consumer’s attorneys’ fees and court costs. Finally, even in the case of unintentional violations, the Court is empowered to award restitution and payment of reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs.
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Steven T. Webster, Webster Book LLP