Court rules for NVIDIA
Details at the Point of Law blog. I’m sorry, as well as angry.
Update: I won’t be filing an appeal, though my clients are of course free to find an attorney willing to do that for them.
I won’t personally be filing a malpractice action, but I’m happy to consult with an attorney who is considering doing so if a class member finds one.
Update 2: Please don’t email me asking for individual legal advice about what you can or should do with your computer, or what other legal options you may pursue. I don’t have the resources to provide free advice to a million different class members beyond my five clients. You’ll need to consult with your own attorney. I’m rooting for someone to bring a malpractice suit, but I’m not advising you one way or the other on that, either as a class action or as a small-claims case against Milberg.
I will note that I believe that, because NVIDIA failed to provide a computer of “like or similar kind” as the settlement notice promised, and because Judge Ware failed to enforce the settlement as written and noticed to the class (his opinion mistakenly says that the CQ-56 was “designated in the settlement”), the class notice is constitutionally invalid and cannot be considered to bind absent class members besides my five clients who got a ruling from Judge Ware. Someone who sues HP and/or NVIDIA in small-claims court and persuades the judge that the class notice does not bind them could possibly recover cash in small-claims court. Of course, HP and NVIDIA will argue that the notice was constitutionally valid and that the small-claims court does not have jurisdiction, so I am not giving you legal advice to pursue your claim in small-claims court; you could win, you could lose. Check with a lawyer.