HP Alleges Printer Ink Defect

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The “hp printer recall 2020” is an announcement by HP that they are recalling their ink cartridges. The company alleges that the defect could cause permanent damage to your printer.

HP   Alleges Printer Ink Defect


According to a new HP class action complaint, the company’s printers utilize colorful ink even when printing black and white documents.

Despite producing pictures and text in black and white, plaintiff Christina Rose alleges that HP printers consume “substantial” quantities of coloured ink.

According to the HP class action complaint, customers are not informed that their color ink may deplete quicker than anticipated.

Rose bought her HP OfficeJet Pro 8630 printer in 2017, according to reports. Rose says she assumed she’d be able to print in both color and black and white after seeing the printer came with both black and color ink. Nothing on the printer’s box suggested that it might print in color while printing in black and white, she says.


Rose is said to be one of several customers who were duped by HP’s claims. Rose’s color ink supply has therefore been depleted without her awareness. She says that her colorful ink has run out, preventing her from printing in black and white.

“On at least three instances, Ms. Rose has had to buy multi-pack color ink replacement cartridges, as well as a solo magenta replacement cartridge, in order to continue printing in black ink,” according to the HP class action complaint.

HP printers are among the finest on the market, enabling customers to print in color and black and white from the comfort of their own homes. Rose, on the other hand, claims that HP purposefully engineered their machines to eat up colored ink via a technique known as underprinting.

Even when a text or picture is simply black and white, underprinting is said to include putting a large quantity of colorful ink under black ink. This technique is said to drain colored ink from a printer’s reserves without the knowledge of the customer. According to Rose, this design was created with the aim of forcing customers to buy more ink.

“As a consequence of underprinting, color ink is depleted even while printing pictures or text in black and white,” the HP class action complaint claims, causing customers to use more color ink, and therefore spend more money, than they reasonably anticipate.


“HP also planned and built the Product to stop printing in black ink when the Product’s color ink runs out, even if the user wishes to produce a black picture or text.”

Rose claims that HP benefited unfairly from their actions since ink cartridge sales account for the bulk of the company’s revenues and earnings. HP reportedly benefits when customers are compelled to spend money not just on black ink but also on more costly coloured ink.

1631371491_197_HP-Alleges-Printer-Ink-Defect-Top-sThe HP class action complaint states, “Unlike the set, upfront, and relatively low cost of a printer, the ink and toner cartridges used in printers may ultimately be more expensive to customers since they need periodic replacement.”

According to the HP class action complaint, the printer manufacturer should have warned customers that printing with just black ink would necessitate the use of colored ink as well.

According to reports, consumers are rational in thinking that colored ink is not needed, implying that HP’s absence of caution misleads them and affects their choices.


Rose claims that if HP had disclosed that black and white or text printing required color ink, she and other customers would not have bought the printers or would have spent considerably less.

“Had she known that the Printer would engage in underprinting or that she would not be able to print images or text in black and white unless the color ink was also in supply,” the HP class action lawsuit claims, Ms. Rose would not have purchased the Printer or would have paid significantly less for it.

“Moreover, if it hadn’t been for Defendant’s actions, Ms. Rose would have bought less replacement color ink cartridges.”

Despite the fact that Rose claims she was duped by HP’s actions, she said she would continue to buy and use HP printers if the business properly revealed the facts about their printers.

She claims, however, that she and other customers would continue to suffer “ongoing harm” until HP stops fraudulent marketing tactics.

Do you have an HP printer at home? Have you ever had to buy more ink for your printer than you needed? Please share your thoughts in the comments area below.

Faruqi & Faruqi LLP’s Benjamin Heikali and Joshua Nassir, as well as Walsh PLLC’s Bonner C. Walsh, are representing Rose and the proposed Class.

Rose v. HP Inc., Case No. 5:20-cv-02450-NC, is the HP Printer Ink Class Action Lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can HP ink be defective?

A: HP ink is not defective. However, it can be expired or otherwise faulty that causes the print to run dry suddenly when the printer believes its low on ink.

How do I fix HP printer ink error?

A: The best way to fix a printer ink error is by making sure that the cartridges are not full, and then power cycling the computer.

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