Nokia 'called' to court in US

Not computer-related, but still news worthy in this humble newsposter's opinion...

A team of US attorneys representing a California resident filed an amended class-action law suit against Nokia in the state's Superior Court on Friday. It contained allegations that some of Nokia's most popular mobile phones including the 32xx, 51xx, 61xx, 82xx and 88xx series carried a common design defect.

... My 5310 and 8850 are both sitting upstairs, unloved with busted screens. I hasten to add that this fact is quite similar in subject but completely unrelated.

Counsel alleged defect caused the phones' displays to fade or disappear with "substantial regularity" and that Nokia has been aware of the defect's existence since at least 1998.

The California resident Henry La purchased a Nokia 8290 -- the US equivalent of Nokia's 8210 -- in February 2001 and experienced display problems consistent with the allegations. La's legal counsel wants California's Superior Court to recognise La case as a class-action claiming that his phone was among the number of models Nokia released carrying the alleged defect.

If the class-action is successful the court may order Nokia to hand over millions of dollars worth of profits to compensate consumers and stop selling some of its mobile phone range.

News source: Yahoo News UK

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