Kindle 2 User Files Class-Action Suit Against Amazon
It appears there is a crack in Amazon's Kindle armor—literally. Matthew Geise has filed a class-action law suit against the online retailer for damages to his Kindle 2 e-reading device, reported The Seattle Times this week.
According to the newspaper, Geise purchased the $359 e-reader in February along with Amazon's optional $30 protective cover. The class-action complaint—which seeks refunds, damages and legal costs—states that after a few months, Geise's Kindle began to crack around the areas in which the cover was attached to the device. The cracks grew, and eventually the screen froze and the device ceased functioning. When Geise called Amazon customer service, the lawsuit continues, he was told that the cracking wasn't covered under the warranty, and he would have to pay $200 for the repairs.
Apparently, Geise's cracked Kindle is not an isolated incidence, as a number of customers have posted similar complaints on Amazon.com, in reviews of the Kindle cover. "Thank you M. Geise for starting your law suit—had it not been for you I may not have noticed the tiny crack before it became a huge problem. If you love your Kindle, don't buy this case," a reviewer posted to the site yesterday.
While Amazon initially was silent on the matter, company spokesman Andrew Herdener issued a statement to The Seattle Times that Amazon now will replace free of charge Kindles that are cracked as a result of the cover, according to a follow-up report published by the newspaper yesterday. Per Geise's lawyer, however, the lawsuit will continue, in order to seek "a consistent and comprehensive resolution for everyone who has been affected by this problem and will be affected in the future."