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Faulty Wiimote Spurs Class Action Lawsuit Against Nintendo

by Rainier on Dec. 15, 2006 @ 6:49 p.m. PST

Earlier today Nintendo announced a replacement program for the defective Wii remote wrist straps and now we may know the REAL reason why. On December 6th, three lawfirms filed a nationwide class action lawsuit in federal district court in Seattle, Washington, against Nintendo of America, requesting that the defective parts be replaced.

The class action lawsuit, filed by Green Welling LLP, of San Francisco, California along with Siebken & Siegele of Austin, Texas and Short, Cressman & Burgess of Seattle, Washington, seeks to enjoin Nintendo from continuing its unfair or deceptive business practices as it relates to the Nintendo Wii. The lawsuit also seeks an injunction that requires Nintendo to correct the defect in the Wii remote and to provide a refund to the purchaser or to replace the defective Wii remote with a Wii remote that functions as it is warranted and intended.

The Nintendo Wii game console includes a remote and a wrist strap for the remote. Owners of the Nintendo Wii reported that when they used the Nintendo remote and wrist strap, as instructed by the material that accompanied the Wii console, the wrist strap broke and caused the remote to leave the user’s hand. The fun stops when the Wii remote smashes through the beautiful plasma television hanging on the wall, or when someone is injured by the flying remote. Nintendo’s failure to include a remote that is free from defects is in breach of Nintendo’s own product warranty, according to Robert Green of Green Welling.

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