United States Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold of the Eastern District of New York has entered an order granting final approval of a class action settlement reached between purchasers of certain models of Toshiba DLP televisions and Toshiba America, Inc. and Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C.
Originally filed in 2007, the class action lawsuit alleged that the lamps of certain Toshiba DLP televisions were susceptible to premature failure causing purchasers to repeatedly expend hundreds of dollars for replacement bulbs, which allegedly suffered from the same defect. Plaintiffs pursued through their class action complaint claims sounding in consumer protection law and breach of express and implied warranty.
The settlement, a product of several months of negotiations between counsel, provides reimbursement to class members who purchased a bulb replacement that failed before its useful service life and also extends the warranty on replacement bulbs from six months to twelve months. The parties estimate that the affected class is comprised of approximately 265,000 persons throughout the United States and that the settlement is valued in excess of $1 million.
“This settlement accomplishes precisely what we sought to achieve when filing this litigation,” said Gary E. Mason of The Mason Law Firm, LLP and lead counsel for Plaintiffs. “It fully addresses the complaints of class members who reasonably expected their high-end DLP televisions to last several years without the need to purchase costly replacement parts.”
Plaintiffs were represented by The Mason Law Firm, LLP; Heins Mills & Olson, P.L.C.; Leiff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP; Mehri & Skalet, PLLC; The Mills Law Firm; and Seeger Weiss LLP.
Additional information about this settlement is available on the settlement website, http://www.dlplampsettlement.com . Please contact Gary E. Mason of The Mason Law Firm, LLP, 202-429-2290, firstname.lastname@example.org , with any questions.