N Carolina inks bill allowing printer users the right to refill cartridges
North Carolina Governor Mike Easley signed House Bill 999 into law Thursday that will allow printer users the right to refill any cartridge, voiding contracts or purchase agreements that banned cartridges from being remanufactured. “I think the issues are extremely simple. Does the OEM have the right to tell as a matter of public policy that their product cannot be remanufactured and therefore it must go into landfills?” said Ed Swartz, CEO of StaticControl Components.”
The toner cartridge bill stemmed from a battle with North Carolina based Static Control Components and Lexmark Intl.