US law firm Lief Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein are collecting complaints from angry Nikon D600 users relating to the camera’s problem of collecting larger than normal amounts of dust around the sensor. The law firm’s website states that they are:
“investigating consumer complaints that the D600 is defective due to its sensor being highly prone to collecting dust spots and/or the sensor becomes damaged due to oil or lubricant contamination from the shutter mechanism.”
The potential class action is looking into how Nikon handled the initial complaints with the $2000 D600 camera, and whether they re-sold defective cameras as sub-quality refurbished cameras without having fixed the initial default. A class action law suit allows individual users who would not feasibly be able to seek legal account on their own join together in legal action. At the moment it looks as if the law firm is fishing for complainants, asking to hear about any problems that people may have experienced with the camera and providing a form on their website for people to respond to.
The dust problems were widely reported with a 2012 post on PetaPixel by LensRentals‘ founder Roger Cicala documenting the unusual amount of dust that was found to have collected in the top corner of the sensor in about 1 in 4 rentals. Although there was criticism by users at the time as to how Nikon handled the complaint NikonRumors who first announced the law suit believes that Nikon has since upheld its legal requirements by fixing or replacing defective cameras.
What do you think?
Did you have problems with the D600?
Is the potential class action likely to succeed?