Last month multiple lawsuits were filed against AMD and Intel for both companies' responses to the news of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, and the number of suits is still growing. As The Register reports, AMD has now had some more lawsuits filed against it, claiming securities fraud, breach of warranty, unfair competition, and negligence. Three of the lawsuits are similar and claim that while AMD knew about the vulnerability of its processors to Spectre (only Intel CPUs are vulnerable to Meltdown) it continued to sell its CPUs without informing customers or attempting to mitigate the issues. It continues to claim customers paid more than they would have, had they known about the vulnerabilities and the performance impact fixes could cause, because of how deep-rooted the issues are. The other lawsuit complains AMD has breached implied warranty, express warranty, the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act, negligence, strict liability, unjust enrichment, and that there are violations of unfair competition and consumer protection laws in California and Ohio.
It may become interesting to see what happens with these and all of the Meltdown and Spectre related lawsuits. Given how long it takes for some lawsuits to be dealt with, I wonder if we might see processors with architectures hardened to these vulnerabilities released first.
Source: The Register
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