CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A consumer has filed a class action lawsuit against an electronics manufacturer over allegations a television remote control is defective.
Kim Sherwin filed a complaint on behalf of all others similarly situated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division against Samsung Electronics America Inc. alleging violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and similar laws of other states, unjust enrichment and other counts.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff purchased a Samsung Smart TV with QWERTY remote in 2012. She alleges the batteries frequently needed replacing and that in 2013, the remote began to leak battery acid. She alleges she purchased a replace for $144.25 and that the replacement's batteries depleted as quickly as the original remote and that batteries corroded in it.
The plaintiff holds Samsung Electronics America Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly defectively designed and manufactured the QWERTY remotes' power supply to use four common AAA batteries and this power supply causes excessive heat that leads to the remote's premature failing and its batteries leaking.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order certifying this case as a class action, award for all damages, litigation expenses and attorneys’ fees, pre- and post-judgment interest, and such other relief as the court deems reasonable and just. She is represented by Benjamin H. Richman and J. Dominick Larry of Edelson PC in Chicago and Stefan L. Coleman of Law Offices of Stefan L. Coleman PA in Miami.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division Case number 1:16-cv-07535