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Nintendo must have seen this coming

As was bound to happen, law firm Green Welling LLP filed a nationwide class action lawsuit on behalf of the owners of the Nintendo Wii against Nintendo of America. The class action lawsuit contends that the Nintendo Wii is defective in nature due to the wrist strap for the remote.

The statement from the firm says that Nintendo is in the wrong as owners of the Nintendo Wii who supposedly followed the material that accompanied the Wii console experienced broken wrist strap causing the remote to leave the user’s hand. The lawsuit seeks an injunction that requires Nintendo to correct the defect and to provide a refund to the purchaser or to replace the defective Wii remote.

“Nintendo’s failure to include a remote that is free from defects is in breach of Nintendo’s own product warranty,” the statement reads. “The class action lawsuit seeks to enjoin Nintendo from continuing its unfair or deceptive business practices as it relates to the Nintendo Wii.”

The class action lawsuit now awaits approval from a judge. Nintendo has already responded to wrist strap worries with stronger materials and safety reminders. Last week Nintendo started offering free wrist strap replacements for all Nintendo Wii owners, allowing its users to upgrade to the safer and hopefully less accident-prone equipment.

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RE: bunch of idiots
By encryptkeeper on 12/20/2006 10:38:55 AM , Rating: 2
I should have mentioned this in my original post, but it goes to precedent. People able to do stupid shit and blame it on a manufacturer just opens the door for more ridiculous claims and higher prices for the consumer. The judge that decided this case really didn't consider that.

RE: bunch of idiots
By kasey01 on 12/20/2006 10:46:58 AM , Rating: 2
You think prices would be lower if there were no lawsuits against manufacturers? Yeah right. You sound like the doctors and insurance companies who said premiums and in turn medical care would be less costly if we capped damages in medical malpractice suits.

RE: bunch of idiots
By encryptkeeper on 12/20/2006 10:59:08 AM , Rating: 2
It's common sense. I know these cases will NEVER go totally away, to assume that would be insane. But fewer cases would be fewer grounds to increase prices.

RE: bunch of idiots
By masher2 on 12/21/2006 4:57:24 AM , Rating: 1
> "You think prices would be lower if there were no lawsuits against manufacturers?"

This is nothing but common sense...which apparently isn't so common among some people. In any competitive market, companies lower prices as much as possible, allowing them to still make a profit (and sometimes even below that). The cost of civil suit payouts, and/or legal fees and insurance to guard against them, is a cost of doing business, and one that prevents them from lowering prices. If these costs vanished, would every manufacturer instantly lower prices? No, but some would...and their competitive advantage would force the rest of the market to follow suit.

In some industries, these costs don't simply add 10 or 20 percent to the product's price, but far more. For instance, the majority of the price of any ladder taller than 6' is due to litigation exposure.

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