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DVD class action lawsuit

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by JohnS, Jan 23, 2002.

  1. JohnS

    JohnS Producer

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    Today in the mail I recieved a fat envelope, with papers to sign.
    In a nut shell, if you owned a Panasonic DVD player A105, A110, A310, K510 or X410
    also a JVC DVD player XV-501BK, XV-511BK, VX-D701BK.
    You can basically get one of three rewards.
    1)rebate on fixing the DVD player
    2)$50 rebate
    3)extended warrenty
    Basically the company knew they were manafacturing/selling faulty players.
    I had a JVC 511BK, so I'm going to go ahead and fill out the paperwork, and send it back to the courts.
    Anyone else recieve the court papers??
     
  2. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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  3. RobR

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  4. JohnS

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    Well, its not really me calling a DVD player a DVD. The title of the lawsuit is "DVD Class Action Lawsuit". I was just refering to what they call it.
     
  5. RobR

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    OK, you're innocent. I fear they're going to flip out when they see that.
     
  6. Craig Cunningham

    Craig Cunningham Stunt Coordinator

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    I had one of the troubled A110 players. But since I can't prove ownership (no longer have the player, don't have the receipt, and never registered it with Panasonic)... I'm not going to participate in the suit.
    This situation has really soured me on Panasonic products. There's just too much competition in the home electronics market to put up with this kind of crap. [​IMG] To those of you wronged by Panasonic, I suggest giving your future business to other manufacturers.
     
  7. Jeff Bamberger

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    I have had nothing but joy with my Panny A120u. No problems at all and has never had any problems with any discs other than one big a$$ finger print smudge once.....
     
  8. Greg Z

    Greg Z Stunt Coordinator

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    Too little, too late. I had one of those POS A-110's. I just got mad at all the horror stories on trying to get them fixed, so I threw it out and bought a Toshiba player, vowing never to buy another Panasonic product again.[​IMG]
     
  9. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

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  10. Inspector Hammer!

    Inspector Hammer! Executive Producer

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    Man, I just logged onto the forum to start this very thread and here it was already. I too received these documents, and have happily filled it out. I have the Panny A-110 and have sent it to them twice for an optical pickup replacment and a firmware upgrade, and the damn thing still acts up on occasion, so if this works out that would be cool, Panasonic deserves this.
    I plan on replacng it soon for a nice Sony, and me and a friend, who owned the player before me and was also plagued with problems, plan on taking the A-110 out to a field near my house, and go 'Office Space' on it's ass!
     
  11. Jerry Gracia

    Jerry Gracia Supporting Actor

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    My first DVD player was the PANASONIC A110 back in October of 1998.
    After a month of ownership, the troubles began.
    First it would randomly produce pixilation on a very small number of discs, very randomly. I figuered, big deal...maybe the discs were defective. No sweat, I love my new Panasonic dvd player!
    Then the next level of problems began about 2 months later. I started noticing some of the discs that I own that previously played flawlessly before now began producing slight pixilation problems upon re-watching. I started to worry for the longevity of my player, especially after reading more stories here on the forum.
    Not much longer than this ('bout 3 months into ownership) I started getting problems soo severe that I often felt like ripping that fucking player out of its place and tossing it out the window!
    These were the rage-inducing problems that eventually became common happenings with this piece of shit of a DVD player:
    Constant pixillation (about 90% of the time)
    NO DISC
    Player lock-ups
    Movie freez-ups/lock ups
    Calling Panasonic was useless. They give you the usual "We never heard of that problem" bullshit.
    Just to be clear, so no one thinks that I must have had my player on top of a heater in a dust infested environment...
    I always take great care in the handling of my discs and keep all of my components as dust free as possible. The A110 had plenty of ventilation, no where near any heat sources.
    I finally sold the player to a friend of mine who knew full well what he was in for (John Williamson) and accepted it.
    He sent it in to Panasonic for repairs...they charged him, ofcourse.
    When he got the player back, naturally, it worked fine...for a little while. Now he's starting to get what I call the first signs of the impending play back hell that surely awaits (hell). Some discs that played fine before are now suddenly randomly pixilationg...no, its not "DVD rot"! These playback errors are happing randomly on random discs.
    Its that damn POS Panasonic DVD player, the A110. He's finally going to write it off and buy a new DVD player, most likely a player not made by PANASONIC.
    I won't touch another PANASONIC DVD player again, if I can help it. I've had a SONY DVD player since and its been wonderful!
    I don't think I'd be able to touch this suit since I have no way of proving ownership, only god knows where those receipts went.
    All well.
     
  12. Norm Lalonde

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    I also had a Panny A-310 with all the problems that everyone else had.

    But I never paid to have it repaired, and after bringing it in for the third time, Panasonic replaced it with a free RV-60. For that reason, I will not be participating in the lawsuit.

    For what it's worth, the RV-60 has performed flawlessly for about 18 months. About 12 months after getting it, I bought an RP-91 and sold the RV-60 to a brother-in-law. Both are working perfectly.

    Norm
     
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    I had a JVC XV-501BK and it died less than a week out of it's warranty. The drive failed and it was going to cost $250 to fix it. I ended up throwing it in the dumpster.

    I can't remember if I registered it or not, is there a way to check into this?
     
  14. Brian E

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    I have an A310 an had the optical pickup problem that was so common in the 310's and 110's. Luckily it was the one time I have ever purchased an extended warranty from Best Buy so it was fixed under that (the Panasonic warranty had just expired). I've had it since 8/98 and other than that it's been flawless. Plays every disc in my collection (about 560) perfectly and I still use it every day. I don't blame Panasonic for having problems with a product, every manufacturer does from time to time. What irked me at the time was that they kept denying it was a problem and refused to offer any kind of recall. I can remember how prevalent the problem was back then, there's no way they didn't know it was going on.
     
  15. JohnS

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    Jasen,
     
  16. StanfordG

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    There's something to be said about keeping all of your paperwork. Had a Panasonic A310 that suffered all of the common problems. I had to take in for the optical pickup to be replaced. The new one worked for about 6 months before it crapped out again! [​IMG]
    Had pretty much all the paperwork including the receipt and work orders. Sent the entire package off to the lawyers today via USPS Certified Mail. Let's hope it's not too long before we see the reimbursements.
     
  17. Brian O

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    David -

    The Toshiba complaints are mainly from first and second generation units from over 3 years ago. I have a 3rd generation 3109 and it has been flawless with close to 300 DVDs. I have one of the first 3109s from April 1999 and have not upgraded the BIOS. The one exception that comes to mind of a problem disc is the Godfather Collection Special Features 5th disc. But, I have a feeling that Paramount is really to blame here. Some Pioneers had a problem with the same disc.

    Before the 3109, I tried a JVC 501. It locked up tight as a drum the 2nd week. I took it back and swore off JVC for DVD. I do have 2 JVC TVs though which I love.
     
  18. Dave Scarpa

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    I Gave my A110 to my parents they've had a few problems, but generally it's worked ok. Now I have a Tosh 6200 and have also had good luck. I never registered the panny, oh well.
     
  19. DeborahK

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    I have one of the JVC players, but have not received any court docs concerning this suit. Is there any way I can get some? This player has been a royal pain in you know what almost since the day I bought it and has been replaced once.

    Thanks,

    Deborah
     
  20. Joshua Moran

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    Dave, I agree with you on Toshiba quality product hampered by bad software. Again to their credit they do get firmware updates done quickly. I just don't understand what the problem is with those machines bad programming I guess.
     

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