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Computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd. has agreed to chip in $7.3 million to settle claims related to adware that came preinstalled on certain models of its laptops, which customers alleged slowed performance and left their machines vulnerable to hackers.

The proposed deal, announced in court filings Wednesday from plaintiffs lawyers at Pritzker Levine; Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy; and Girard Gibbs, comes after three years of litigation and more than two years after co-defendant Superfish Inc., the maker of the adware, agreed to pay plaintiffs $1 million.

Lenovo and Superfish were hit with more than two dozen class action lawsuits across the country after a February 2015 report in The New York Times detailed the privacy, security and performance problems associated with Superfish’s VisualDiscovery software, which came preinstalled on 28 of Lenovo’s laptop models. The Times reported that the software dropped ads into user’s web browser sessions and scooped up data they entered into secure websites in ways that could be exploited by hackers.

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Ross Todd

Ross Todd is the Editor/columnist for the Am Law Litigation Daily. He writes about litigation of all sorts. Previously, Ross was the Bureau Chief of The Recorder, ALM's California affiliate. Contact Ross at [email protected] On Twitter: @Ross_Todd.

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