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AMD Processor Litigation

Barnes, et al. v. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division
Case No. 5:18-cv-00883

Case Overview

Keller Rohrback, L.L.P. filed suit in California against Advanced Micro Devices (”AMD”) for a defect in its Central Processing Units (CPUs) that exposes consumers to security vulnerabilities by allowing potential access to extremely sensitive kernel and program data. AMD is one of the largest global suppliers of microprocessors – critical components of various electronic devices, including CPUs.

While “patches” against this vulnerability (known as the “Spectre Defect”) have been issued, the fixes have been found to significantly slow CPU processing times—as much as up to 30 percent slower. AMD issued a press release as recently as October 2017 announcing that its processors will “Deliver Blazingly Fast Performance” all while knowing of the Spectre Defect, said David Copley, a partner at Keller Rohrback L.L.P.  “AMD continues earn substantial profit from selling CPUs that it not only knows are defective, but that will not perform as advertised once the patch to cure the security vulnerabilities has been installed,” added Copley.

Plaintiffs allege that they and other class members suffered a loss of money or property as a result of Defendant’s conduct in designing, manufacturing, distributing, and selling defective CPUs. Plaintiffs also allege that AMD has failed to remedy this harm and has earned and continues to earn substantial profit from selling defective CPUs.

Keller Rohrback has also filed two lawsuits against Intel Corporation for continued sale of CPUs to consumers that it knows to be defective.

Case Status

Keller Rohrback’s Complaint was filed in United States District Court in the Northern District California on February 9, 2018.

Case Documents

Complaint – 02/09/2018

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