Previously, Amazon.com had asked users to pay $200, because the problem wasn't covered under Amazon's limited warranty. That led to a $5 million class action lawsuit by Matthew Geise, who experienced the problem with his wife's Kindle 2. Atta boy, Matt...
A look at the one-star reviews for the case at Amazon.com's own site shows not just that the problem was relatively common, it also showed that some people managed to get a freebie in return. Not all, though. One said:
The Kindle stayed in it's leather case, but the point at which the two small metal pegs attached to the unreinforced plastic caused a fracture which got worse until the $360 kindle was useless. Amazon "customer service" says it's no design flaw and will only repair it for $200!A little bad publicity, a little lawsuit, and viola. Spokesman Andrew Herdener told The Seattle Times:
What a rip-off!
"We do not comment on active litigation. Nevertheless, we encourage anyone who has an issue with the cover-attachment mechanism to return the cover and device for a free replacement so we can investigate further."Geise's lawyer told the Seattle Times that the lawsuit will continue.
"If they would like to resolve the matter, I think the way to do it is through a court-approved process. What I'm concerned about is it may not take care of all the class members. What we want is a consistent and comprehensive resolution for everyone who has been affected by this problem and will be affected in the future."