David Heitbrink and Robert Rattner filed a class action suit against eMachines over the M53XX series of notebooks in January 2005, claiming the computers were defective in design, therefore causing them to overheat or shut down or have a reduction in processing speed as a result of overheating during normal usage. The suit further alleged that eMachines (now owned by Gateway) knew of and concealed the existence of these issues at the time it sold the M53XX Series. The class action claimed eMachines violated state consumer protection statutes and breach of warranty. eMachines disputed the alleged claims and denied any liability or wrongdoing. eMachines has now agreed to enter into a settlement to avoid further expense and litigation. (Jun-19-06) [PC WORLD]

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