A North Carolina jury determined that Hewlett-Packard Co. did not try to fool consumers into believing ink cartridges packed with its printers were full.

Similar class-action lawsuits have been filed in 34 states. In the first to go to trial, jurors deliberated for two-and-a-half hours Sept. 11 before rejecting the lawsuit brought by a Chapel Hill, N.C., man who claimed the company cheated customers by selling half-filled inkjet cartridges.

Plaintiffs' attorneys accused the Palo Alto, Calif.-based computer maker of a scheme that would force consumers to buy replacement


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