It has now become clear that a lawsuit against Intel is proceeding after the company failed to convince the judge to dismiss it, reports The Register.
The lawsuit has argued that Intel knew their microprocessors were vulnerable to security holes Specter and Meltdown but still continued to sell devices between August 2017, when Intel discovered the holes, and January 2018 when the company revealed what they found.
The main point of the lawsuit is that the security holes led to the release of a number of security updates, which meant that the hardware no longer performed as well. The lawsuit argues that Intel knew in advance that this would happen.
This does not mean that the case will go to trial, but more steps in the legal process await before then. Among other things, Intel could offer a settlement.