ABI are they legal???

Dirk Bornemeier bornemd at aa.wl.com
Wed Oct 13 17:23:39 EST 1993


In article <mjcoyne-131093125913 at 134.174.147.40>,
mjcoyne at warren.med.harvard.edu (Michael Coyne) wrote:

> 
> > In article <leach-081093150939 at med-pharm5.bu.edu>, leach at mbcrr.harvard.edu
> > (Martin Leach) wrote:
> > > 
> ... stuff deleted...
> > > 
> > > ABI say they will not give us a service contract until we use their
> > > reagents exclusively.   Is this legal????  In their warranty they say it
> > > becomes void if you do not use their reagents exclusively, I believe this
> > > is restriction of trade.   Is this legal????
> > > 
> ... stuff deleted...
> > > 
> > > A very angry scientist
> > > 
> > > Martin Leach
> 
> Martin...
> 
> I recall a similar issue concerning the use of generic or re-filled toner
> cartridges in HP LaserJet printers.  There was in fact a ruling of some
> sort that said something to the effect that negating a warranty or warranty
> repairs due to the use of third-party, equivalent products was not legal. 
> If you need the ammo, I can dig this info up for you - my brother owns a
> computer reseller company, and has all the documentation to convince
> customers of this...
> 
> Mike

I'm interested in the "real" answer to this question, but I'm confused: in
the "stuff deleted" I thought Martin stated that the warranty had expired
before they started using non-ABI reagents.

Dirk Bornemeier
Ann Arbor, MI



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