2006 Epson Ink Cartridge Class Action Lawsuit Settlement


 

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This web site was established to provide information about the settlement of In re Epson Ink Cartridge Cases in Los Angeles County Superior Court, California. On February 7, 2006, the Court entered an Order granting Preliminary Approval of the proposed settlement.
The Court considered final approval of the settlement at a hearing on August 15, 2006.

Content is from the site's 2006 archived pages.

 

The documents at this website explain the settlement, who may participate in the benefits to be made available, and the options for class members. Links have been created to the Notice, Claim Form and Instructions, a List of Qualifying Printers, and questions and answers related to the Settlement.

All questions about this Notice, the Class Action, or the Proposed Settlement should be directed to 1-877-506-4031, or write to:

Claims Administrator
c/o Rust Consulting, Inc.
PO Box 1283
Minneapolis MN 55440-1283

 



 

What is this lawsuit about? 
The Settlement resolves a class action lawsuit filed in California and other state courts. Plaintiffs assert claims against Epson America, Inc. (“EAI”) based on various legal theories, including breach of contract, breach of implied warranties, unjust enrichment, fraudulent concealment, violations of California Business and Professions Code Sections17200, et seq., and violations of the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act, California Civil Code Sections 1750, et seq., relating to the performance and other characteristics of Epson inkjet printer cartridges. Among other things, Plaintiffs allege that Epson inkjet printers and inkjet cartridges indicate that cartridges are “empty” and suspend printer function, even though substantial ink remains. EAI has denied and continues to deny the claims and any wrongdoing, but has decided to settle to avoid the cost and inconvenience of litigation. The Court has not issued any rulings about the validity of the claims.

Who is eligible to participate in this settlement?
The “Settlement Class” certified by the Court for settlement purposes is defined as all persons, sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations or any other entities located within the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who, on or after April 8, 1999and through May 8, 2006: (i) purchased, leased or otherwise received any Epson inkjet printer (“Epson InkJet Printer”) (specifically including, but not limited to, Epson Stylus printers (desktop and photo models), PictureMate printers and Epson Pro model printers(ProGraphics printers, large format printers and proofing printers) but excluding Epson branded point of sale receipt printers); and who (ii) purchased, utilized or otherwise received any inkjet cartridge for an Epson InkJet Printer (“Epson Ink Cartridge”). A complete list of qualifying printers is available on this website. Excluded from the class are EAI, any person or entities who distribute, sell or service Epson InkJet Printers, and their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, officers and directors. Also excluded from the class is any judge, justice or judicial officer presiding over this matter and the members of their immediate families and judicial staff. A “Settlement Class Member” means a person and/or entity who falls within the definition of the Settlement Class.

What are the settlement benefits for class members?
Settlement Class Members who have already registered a qualifying printer with EAI, or who register a qualifying printer with EAI by November 13, 2006 will automatically receive a $45 credit to be used in the Epson E-Store for each registered qualifying Epson InkJet Printer. Registered Settlement Class Members are not required to submit a claim to receive the $45 credit. The following printers are eligible for settlement benefits: [list of qualifying printers].


To register a qualifying printer with EAI, go to www.epsonstore.com/benefitsreg and complete all required fields.

In the alternative, a Settlement Class Member may reject the $45 credit and instead elect, by not later than June 22, 2006 (the “Claims Period”), to receive either: (a) a combination of $25 payable by check and a $20 Epson E-Store credit for each registered printer; or (b) a discount of 25% off Epson E-Store purchases for a total discount of up to $100 with respect to each registered printer.

To obtain the alternative benefit, a Settlement Class Member must complete and mail the enclosed claim form (the “Claim Form”) to the Claims Administrator listed in the Claim Form, postmarked no later than June 22, 2006. Settlement Class Members who have not registered their ownership of a qualifying printer with EAI, or who wish to receive settlement benefits for multiple printers, may do so by submitting a Claim Form within the Claims Period. On the Claim Form, the Settlement Class Member must provide the owner’s name and address, an e-mail address, if any, and the model, serial number, purchase date (month and year) and purchase location of his, her or its qualifying printer. EAI and the Claims Administrator have a right to validate the information provided in any Claim Form or registration.

When will this proposed settlement become final? 
A hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. on August 15, 2006 in Department CCW 322 of the Los Angeles Superior Court, 600 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, California 90005, for the purpose of determining whether the proposed Settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate and should be approved by the Court. On the same date or on such other date as the Court may order, a hearing will be held in the same Court to consider the application for an award of attorneys’ fees, costs and incentive awards. Either or both of these hearings may be continued without notice to the class. You are not required to attend this hearing to participate in the Settlement.

How can I receive a Class Notice and Claim Form?  
Please refer to the Notice and Claim Form pages of this website for printable copies.

Do I have to participate in this settlement – can I exclude myself?  
Any request to be excluded from the Settlement Class must be made in writing and mailed, postage prepaid and postmarked no later than June 7, 2006, to the Claims Administrator. Your request for exclusion must contain: (1) the name of this lawsuit; (2) your full name and current address; and (3) a statement of intention to exclude yourself from this lawsuit.

Can I object to the proposed Settlement Agreement and what is the deadline to object?
Any objections must be made in writing and such objections and proof of Settlement Class Membership must be mailed or delivered to the Clerk of the Court, 600 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005, the attorneys for Plaintiffs (Gregory E. Keller, Chitwood Harley Harnes LLP, 2300 Promenade II, 1230 Peachtree Street N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30309, or Brian S. Kabateck, Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP, 350 S. Grand Avenue, 39th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90071), and the attorneys for EAI (Daniel A. Rozansky, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, 2029 Century Park East, Suite 1800, Los Angeles, CA 90067-3086), postmarked no later than June 23, 2006.

What happens if I remain a class member?
If you are a Settlement Class Member and do not exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you will be bound by any judgment entered with respect to the Settlement, you will be deemed to have released any and all claims against EAI as set forth in the Notice and you will not be able to file a separate claim against EAI based on the facts and circumstances which are the subject of the release in the Action.

When can I expect to receive my benefits?
Benefits will be available after the Court has given final approval and all appeals have expired.

How do I determine if my printer is covered by this settlement? 
Please refer to the List of Qualifying Printers document on this website.

How long do I have to file a Claim Form? 
If you submit a claim form, it must be postmarked no later than June 22, 2006.

Do I have to include receipts or other proof with my Claim Form? 
No, but you need to follow the instructions and fully complete the claim form.

What happens if I change my address after I mail my Claim Form? 
If your address changes after you have submitted a claim form, you may notify the Class Administration in writing at:

Claims Administrator
c/o Rust Consulting, Inc.
PO Box 1283
Minneapolis MN 55440-1283


Can you give me a run down of important dates? 

Last Date to send in a request for exclusion
June 7, 2006
Last Day to send in a Claim Form
June 22, 2006
Last Date to file an objection
June 23, 2006
Final Approval Hearing
August 15, 2006

 



 

Settlement Update

(June 21, 2006)

The time for the Settlement Fairness Hearing in In Re Epson Ink Cartridge Cases, Judicial Council Coordination Proceeding No. 4347 has been moved to 1 pm on August 15, 2006. The Settlement Notice previously indicated that the hearing time would be 10 am on that same day.

Class Counsel intend to apply to the Court at the Fairness Hearing for an award of attorneys’ fees and costs and expenses in an amount not to exceed $35 million and EAI will not oppose an application by Class Counsel up to this amount. Class Counsel’s papers in support of their application were filed with the Court on June 15, 2006. With the permission of the Court, the date to file the application was continued from June 1, 2006 to June 15, 2006.

 



 

IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE In Re Epson Ink Cartridge Cases

(Judicial Council Coordination Proceeding No. 4347)
Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles
READ THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY.
YOUR LEGALRIGHTS MAY BE AFFECTED.

You may be affected by a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit about Epson ink cartridges. The Los Angeles Superior Court (the "Court") has prelim inarily approved a proposed settlement (the "Settlement") in a class action entitled In Re Epson Ink- Cartridge Cases (Judicial Council Coordination Proceeding No. 4347) (the "Action”). To leam about the Settlement, please read this notice carefully Information about the Settlement is also available by visiting the website www.epsonsettlement.com or calling the number below.

The Settlement resolves a class action lawsuit filed in California and other state courts. Plaintiffs assert claims against Epson America, Inc. ("EAI”) based on various legal theories, including breach of contract, breach of implied warranties, unjust enrichment, fraudulent concealment, violations of California Business and Professions Code Sections 17200. elseq.. and violations of the California Coasumers Legal Remedies Act, California Civil Code Sections 1750, etseq., relating to the performance and other characteristics of Epson inkjet printer cartridges. Among other things. Plaintiffs allege that Epson inkjet printers and inkjet cartridges indicate that cartridges are “empty" and suspend printer function, even though substantial ink remains. EAI has denied and continues to deny the claims and any wrongdoing, but has decided to settle to avoid the cost and inconvenience of litigation The Court has not issued any rulings about the validity of the claims.
The parties have agreed to settle this lawsuit and provide members of the Settlement Class with certain benefits. Plaintiffs’ counsel believe that the Settlement is fair, reasonable and in the best interests of Settlement Class Members.

Who Is Included In The Settlement?

The "Settlement Class” certified by the Court lor settlement purposes is defined as all persons, sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations or any other entities located within the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who, on or after April 8, 1999 and through May 8,2006: (i) purchased, leased or otherwise received any Epson inkjet printer (“Epson InkJet Printer") (specifically including, but not limited to, Epson Stylus printers (desktop and photo models), PictureMate printers and Epson Pro model printers (ProGraphics printers, large format printers and proofing printers) but excluding Epson branded point of sale receipt printers); and who (ii) purchased, utilized or otherwise received any inkjet cartridge for an Epson InkJet Printer (“Epson Ink Cartridge"). A complete list of qualifying printers is available at www.epsonsettlement.com. Excluded from the class are EAI, any person or entities who distribute, sell or service Epson InkJet Printers, and their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, officers and directors. Also excluded from the class is any judge, justice or judicial officer presiding over this matter and the members of their immediate families and judicial staff. A "Settlement Class Member" means a person and/or entity w'ho falls within the definition of the Settlement Class.

What Are The Settlement Benefits?

Settlement Class Members who have already registered a qualifying printer with EAL or who register a qualifying printer with EAI by November 13,2006, will automatically receive a $45 credit to be used in the Epson E-Store for each registered qualifying Epson InkJet Printer. Registered Settlement Class Members are not required to subm it a claim to receive the $45 credit, all required fields.
In the alternative, a Settlement Class Member may reject the $45 credit and instead elect, by not later than June 22,2006 (the “Claims Period”), to receive either, (a) a combination of $25 payable by check and a $20 Epson E-Store credit for each registered printer; or (b) a discount of 25% off Epson E-Store purchases for a total discount of up to $ 100 with respect to each registered printer.
To obtain the alternative benefit, a Settlement Class Member must complete and mail the enclosed claim form (the “Claim Form”) to the Claims Administrator listed in Claim Form, postmarked no later than June 22,2006. Settlement Class Members who have not registered their ownership of a qualifying printer with EAI, or who wish to receive settlement benefits for multiple printers, may do so by submitting a Claim Form within the Claims Period. On the Claim Form, the Settlement Class Member must provide the owner's name and address, an e- mail address, if any, and the model, serial number, purchase date (month and year) and purchase location of his. her or its qualifying printer. EAI and the Claims Adm inistrator have a right to validate the information provided in any Claim Form or registration.
I f you subm it a Claim Form selecting an alternative benefit you cannot later select a di fferent benefit No benefits will be made available until after approval of the Settlement becomes final and non-appealable. Ifvou wish to receive an e-mail or postcard notifying you when settlement benefits are activated, go to www.epsonsettlement.com or contact the Claims Administrator at 1-877-506-4031 to register to receive such notification. Additionally, the Claims Administrator will post a notification at www epsonsett lenient com once settlement benefits are activated.
Settlement Class Members who do not wish to register their ownership of a qualifying printer with EAI may still receive settlement benefits by subm ittrng a Claim Form within the Claims Period. In addition. Settlement Class Members who wish to receive settlement benefits for three or more qualifying printers that are not already registered with EAI mast submit Claim Forms within the Claims Period.
The credits will be provided in the form of a unique code which must be entered at the appropriate location in the E-Store. Any credit or discount for the E-Store will be valid for one year after activation following the effective date of the Settlement and is only valid for a one time use. Any unused portion of a credit or discount will be forfeited. Any credit or discount excludes taxes and shipping if applicable to a purchase. EAI reserves the right to validate any registration of a qualifying printer or Claim Form.


EAI has also agreed to make certain changes to the disclosures on ils website and the packaging, manuals and user interfaces for Epson InkJet Printers and Epson Ink Cartridges prohibiting unfair or deceptive trade practices, breach of contract, fraud, false advertising and m isrepresentation) and which relate to the performance of Epson Ink Cartridges, the interaction of Epson InkJet Pnnters with Epson Ink Cartridges, EATs use of an EPROM chip on Epson Ink Cartridges, the quantity and other characteristics of printed output from Epson Ink Cartridges, the amount of usable ink in Epson Ink Cartridges, the value received from Epson Ink Cartridges when used with Epson InkJet Printers and all claims related in any way to EATs specifications, marketing, sale, warranty and representations regarding the quantity of output, the amount of usable ink and the value received from Epson Ink Cartridges when used with Epson InkJet Pnnters (the “Released Claims”).

This release does not encompass any claims for repair or service of Epson InkJet Pnnters which are currently covered by any express product warranty by EAI, nor does this release encompass any claims against EAI for alleged violations of federal or state antitrust laws prohibiting monopolistic conduct, price fixing agreements and other acts in restraint of trade.
Subject to the scope of the release contained in the foregoing paragraphs, the Released Claims specifically extend to claims that the members of the Settlement Class do not know or suspect to exist in their favor at the time that the Settlement, and the releases contained therein, becomes effective. This Paragraph constitutesa waiver of, without limitation as to any other applicable law. Section 1542 of the California Civil Code, which provides as follows:

A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR Sl'SPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTINGTHE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.

Plaintiffs and each member of the Settlement Class are deemed to understand and acknowledge the significance of this waiver of California Civil Code Section 1542 and/or of any other applicable law relating to limitations on releases. Plaint ills and/or Settlement Class Members or Class Counsel may hereafter discover facts in addition to or different from those which any of them now knows or believes to be true with respect to the subject matter of the Released Claims, but Plaintiffs and each Settlement Class Member, upon the Effective Date, shall have, fully, finally, and forever settled and released any and all Released Claims, known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, contingent or non-contingent, whether or not concealed or hidden which now exist, or heretofore have existed upon any theory of law or equity now existing or com ing into existence in the future, including, but not limited to, conduct which is negligent, intentional, with or without malice, or a breach of any duty, law or rule, without regard to the subsequent discovery or existence of such different or additional facts. No other action, demand, suit or other claim may be pursued against the Released Parties with respect to the Released Claims by any member of the Settlement Class. Plaintiffs acknowledge, and the Settlement Class Members shall be deemed by operation of the Final Judgment to have acknowledged, that the foregoing waiver was separately bargined for and a matereial element of the Settlement of which this release is part.

The Settlement Hearing

A hearing will be held at 10:00 am. on August 15,2006 in Department CCW 322 of the Los Angeles Superior Court, 600 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, California 90005, for the purpose of determining whether the proposed Settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate and should be approved by the Court. On the same date or on such other date as the Court may order, a hearing will be held in the same Court to consider the application for an award of attorneys' fees, costs and incentive awards. Either or both of these hearings may be continued without notice to the class. You are not required to attend this hearing to participate in the Settlement.
Any objections must be made in writing and such objections and proof of Settlement Class membership must be mailed or delivered to the Clerk of the Court at the above address, the attorneys for Plaintiffs (Gregory' E. Keller, Chitwood Harley I lames LLP, 2300 lYomenade II, 1230 Peachtree Street N.E., Atlanta. Georgia 30309, or Brian S. Kabateck, Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP, 350 S. Grand Avenue. 39th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90071), and the attorneys for EAI (Daniel A. Rozansky, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, 2029 Century Park East, Suite 1800, Los Angeles, CA 90067-3086), postmarked no later than June 23,2006. Any request to be excluded from the Settlement Class must be made in writing and mailed, postage prepaid and postmarked no later than June 7, 2006, to the Claims Administrator. Your request for exclusion must contain: (1) the name of this lawsuit. (2) your full name and current address; and (3) a statement of intention to exclude yourself from this lawsuit.
If the Court approves the Settlement, a judgment will be entered dism issing with prejudice and fully and finally settling the Action as to all Settlement Class Members, except those who properly and timely request exclusion from the Settlement Class in the manner described above.
This Notice is a summary and does not describe all of the details of the proposed Settlement or the Action. For additional details, you may inspect the Court's files, including the Settlement Agreement, at the office of the Clerk of the Los Angeles Superior Court, 600 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005 during the Court's regular business hours.

DO NOT CALL THE COURT REGARDING THIS NOTICE.

 



 

List of Qualifying EPSON Inkjet Printer Models
If you bought leased or received an Epson Inkjet printer between April 8.1999 and May 8, 2006
and your Epson printer is one of the models listed below, you are a potential class member

Epson Stylus C40UX Epson Stylus C42UX Epson Stylus C44UX Epson Stylus C60 Epson Stylus C62 Epson Stylus C64 Epson Stylus C66 Eof.cn Stylus C68 Epson Stylus C80 Epson Stylus C80N ' Epson Stylus C80WN Epson Stylus C82 Epson Stylus C82N Epson Stylus C82WN Epson Stylus C84 Epson Stylus C84N ' Epson Stylus C84WN Epson Stylus C86 Epson Stylus G88 | Epson Stylus Color 300 Epson Stylus Color 3000 Epson Stylus Color 400 Epson Stylus Color 440 Epson Stylus Color 480 Epson Stylus Cotor 480 SX~ Epson Stylus Color 480 SXU Epson Stylus Color 580 Epson Stylus Color 600 Epson Stylus Color 640 Epson Stylus Color 660 Epson Stylus Color 670 Epson Stylus Color 740 Epson Stylus Color 740i Epson Stylus Color 760 Epson Stylus Color 777 Epson Stylus Color 777i ' Epson Stylus Color 8 CUBE Epson Stylus Color 800 Epson Stylus Color 350
Epson Stylus Color 8S0N Epson Stylus Color 860 Epson Stylus Color 880 Epson Stylus Color 880i Epson Stylus Cotor 900 ' Epson Sty lus Color 90CX3 Epson Stylus Color 9O0N Epson Stylus Cotor 980 Epson Stylus Color 980N Epson Stylus Color 1160 Epson Stylus Cotor 1520 Epson Stylus Photo EX Epson Stylus Photo 700 Epson Stylus phcto 750 Epson Stylus Photo 780 Epson Stylus Photo 785EPX Epson Stylus Photo 820 Epson Stylus Photo 825 Epson Stylus Photo 870 ' Epson Stylus Photo 875DC Epson Stylus Photo 875DCS Epson Stylus Photo 890 Epson Stylus Photo 900 Epson Stylus Photo 925 Epfon Stylus Photo 930 Epson Stylus Photo 1200 Epson Stylus Photo 1270 Epson Stylus Photo 1280 ’ Epson Stylus Photo 2000P Epson Stylus Photo 2200 Epson Stylus Photo R200 Epson Stylus Photo R220 Ep'oon Stylus Photo R300 ’ Epson Stylus Photo R300M Epson Stylus Photo R320 Epson Stylus Photo R340 ' Epson Stylus Photo R800 Epson Stylus Photo R1800 Epson Stylus Photo R24C0
Epson 1000ICS Epson Stylus Scan 2030 Epson Stylus Scan 2500 Epson Stylus Scan 2500 Pro Epson Stylus CX1500/ Epson Stylus CX3200 Epson Stylus CX3800 Epson Stylus CX3810 Epson Stylus CX4200 Epson Stylus CX4600 Epson Stylus CX4800 Epson Stylus CX5200 Epson Stylus CX5400 Epson Stylus CX5800F Epson Stylus CX6400 Epson Stylus CX6600 Epson Stylus CX7800 Epson Stylus Photo RX5CO Epson Stylus Photo RX600 Epson Stylus Photo RX620 Epson Stylus Photo RX700 Epson Picturemate Epson P'cturemate Deluxe Epson PctureMate Express Epson Stylus Pro 4000 Epson Stylus Pro 4800 Epson Stylus Pro 5000 Epson Stylus Pro 55

 



 

Lead Counsel to the Class

Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP   www.kbklawyers.com           
Chitwood Harley Harnes LLP www.chitwoodlaw.com        
           

Other Class Counsel

 

The Ball Law Firm, LLP            www.balllawllp.com 
Duane Morris LLP       www.duanemorris.com        
McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP          www.mcnicholaslaw.com     
Dobrowski, L.L.P.        www.dobrowski.com
Jacobson, Russell, Saltz & Fingerman, LLP     www.jrsfllp.com

 



 

PRINTER FORUM COMMENTS
In Re Epson Ink Cartridge Class Action Cases
Discussion in 'Epson' started by Mike, Apr 13, 200

 

    ( Judicial Council Coordination Proceeding No. 4347)
    Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles

A notice of settlement of a class action lawsuit about Epson ink cartridges has been preliminarily approved. Information about the settlement  is available at www.epsonsettlement.com .
This settlement relates to certain qualifying printers listed on the above website which were purchased on or after April 8, 1999 and through May 8, 2006. Epson allegedly in those printers had the ink levels indicate empty while there was available ink in the cartridges. For the terms of the settlement and whether you may participate in the class action settlement check the www.epsonsettlement.com website.
Mike, Apr 13, 2006

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I am really surprised Epson rolled over on this one, as there are very valid technical reasons to give an ink message before the ink actually runs out. If the ink was allowed to run out there would be a risk of damage to the rather expensive printheads.

What is next, threatening to sue auto manufacturers because there is still gas left when the needle registers empty?

- Bob Headrick, MS MVP Printing/Imaging

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I suppose the question is, how much ink was still in the cartridge when
it read "empty". If there was still 25% then I'd be quite upset and can
see just cause for a class action suit. We're not talking about a $3
dollar cartridge. Usually a set will cost nearly as much as the printer.

-Taliesyn, Apr 14, 2006

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It may be true, but it's not acceptible from customer's point of view: you
can't FORCE customer to throw away 1/4 or more of the expensive ink. They
probably would not have got into this trouble if they do not FORCE the
printer to shut down. Instead, they can just simply give a warning. Some
customer may ignore the warning and just continue to print, and cause damage
to the printer. Then it's the customer's problem.
  
 Don't see what's the point here: The engine doesn't shut down as long as you still have gas in the tank, no matter the needle register empty or not.
Besides you are not FORCED to throw away the gas that's left.
On the other hand, they may get sued if there is no gas in the tank while
the needle registers full (or npn-empty), -:).   
ZR, Apr 14, 2006

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I'd be happy if Epson was forced to re-issue software that would give an honest picture of ink usage, along with a message when it was absolutely necessary to change the cartridge.
HankG, Apr 14, 2006

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I'd be satisfied with that end, but Epson must be thinking it's cheaper for them to pay out a pittance amount per printer than to have lawsuits coming in for ruined printers due to ink running out and ruining the head with revamped software that allows more ink to be used. I agree with Bob Headrick's observation in that keeping a high safety net of ink allows Epson to avoid that consequence.
At this point though Epson will have to rethink what margin of unused ink will need to remain in the cartridge when the printer refuses to print.
Perhaps instead of a complete print stoppage at the constant red light a warning should be issued that printing further will cause the head to burn up should the ink run out.
Jan Alter, Apr 14, 2006

 

 


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