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Defective HD TVs spell legal woes for Hitachi

Posted: 03 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:defective HD TV? LCD? high-definition?

The U.S. subsidiary of Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer Hitachi Ltd is being sued over alleged defects in the company's high-definition TV sets. The lawsuit filed by the law offices of Heygood, Orr, Reyes, Pearson & Bartolomei in Dallas, Texas reiterates that tens of thousands of consumers who bought the high-end TVs may be experiencing the same trouble.

Plaintiff Anthony Partida of Dallas says he and other owners of Hitachi's 50V500A model LCD rear-projection TV are experiencing a design defect that creates green "blobs," red "blooms," green haze, blue dots, yellow lines and other color anomalies on their TV screens. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status on behalf of every owner of the 50V500A model, says the defect makes the TV useless for their intended purpose.

In the lawsuit against Hitachi America Ltd, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, attorneys for Partida say Hitachi has known of the defect since early 2005, but the company has continued to sell the defective sets. Despite the company's knowledge of the problem, the lawsuit continues, Hitachi has been unable or unwilling to develop a solution.

"Hitachi has been more than willing to take people's money for these TV sets and they should be more than willing to fix them," said lawyer Eric Pearson of Heygood, Orr, Reyes, Pearson & Bartolomei, who represents Partida in the case, in a statement. "In some cases, people paid $3,500 or more for these TVs. You can't take that kind of money and deliver a defective product."

As of press time, Hitachi has yet to respond to the allegations.

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