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Scratched discs from the Xbox 360 (Source: The Consumerist)
Microsoft sued for its Xbox 360 making rings, but not of the red variety

On the heels of reports showing up to one-third of Xbox 360 consoles suffer a hardware failure, and the Microsoft action of extending the warranty to up to three years in cases of the Red Ring of Death, it is not at all surprising to learn that a class action lawsuit has been filed against the Redmond-based console maker.

The lawsuit is not for the dreaded Red Ring of Death, but rather for the console’s rare but nasty habit of scratching discs. As Joystiq reports, the lawsuit contends that the plaintiffs in the case "have been damaged in that their game discs were destroyed by the Xbox 360 during reasonable, foreseeable, normal, and intended use... The Xbox 360 was negligently designed and manufactured in that the Console's laser disc reading assembly contacts and scratches the video game discs during normal and intended operation and use."

The issue of the Xbox 360 scratching discs even when the console is unmoved first caught the attention or European consumer watchdogs after a special feature ran on Dutch TV show Kassa. At the time of the complaint, Microsoft said to 1UP, "We are working in an open dialogue with Commissioner Kuneva to clarify our position and all the efforts we are taking across the EU, and in fact globally, to address any consumer concerns. As we have said previously, there is no widespread issue regarding scratched discs as is alleged by Kassa. That said, we encourage any Xbox customer who believes that their discs have been scratched in the same manner as identified by Kassa, to contact us."

Microsoft’s statement continued, "We will examine the console and make appropriate repairs if necessary in order to restore the console to full working order, as well as provide customers with information on how to obtain replacement discs should they need them."

Filed in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. by Jorge Brouwer, a Broward County resident who bought an Xbox 360 in 2006, the lawsuit seeks five million dollars in damages for the scratched game discs. Microsoft has yet to respond.

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RE: Florida
By InsaneScientist on 7/12/2007 4:03:35 PM , Rating: 2
Go figure. Why is it that these assinine lawsuits always start in either California, or Florida?

Well, I can't answer the Florida part, since I don't live there, but as far as California is concerned I can tell you that, for having roughly 12% of the entire country's population living in this state, the number of morons we have here is highly disproportionate with the population.

RE: Florida
By Master Kenobi on 7/12/2007 4:30:10 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, I can agree with that. California does seem to have a very high ratio of dumbass to total population in that state.

RE: Florida
By bryanW1995 on 7/12/2007 8:39:02 PM , Rating: 2
my sister lives in cali. she is a little bit different than she was before she left, but she was always a little bit off. I think that california is a magnet for weirdos.

RE: Florida
By rcc on 7/13/2007 5:48:12 PM , Rating: 2
Naw, its just that the weather is CA is good enough that you see them more.

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