A proposed class action case has been filed in California federal court that seeks to represent consumers in the state who purchased allegedly defective Samsung plasma TVs manufactured between January 2009 and November 2014.
The 32-page complaint alleges Samsung manufactured, promoted and sold its plasma televisions despite knowing they would fail prematurely. The case pins this alleged defect on Samsung’s use of “ill-suited, under-graded and/or inadequate internal components,” namely capacitors the lawsuit claims are prone to fail during normal operation. Samsung could have averted this issue, the lawsuit continues, had the company maintained a proper supply of repair parts. The lawsuit notes Samsung ceased production of replacement parts for plasma televisions sometime after November 30, 2014.
“As a direct result of [Samsung’s] actions, [the plaintiff] and the consumers who comprise the Class who have purchased the televisions, have suffered injury in fact, have been damaged and have suffered a loss of money or property for having paid hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars for a product that does not, cannot, and will not, work as represented and that is now worth substantially less than what consumers paid and less than what a [non-defective] television would be worth,” the lawsuit argues.
Per the plaintiff’s alleged experience, the lawsuit says the man’s Samsung plasma 3D HDTV began turning on and off sporadically and displaying red lines onscreen only about three years after its purchase.