As soon as I read the return address, "Iomega Class Action," I laughed. I really don't put much stock into class action lawsuits like this. The class sues Iomega for a crappy product and gets -- rebates towards purchases of more of their crappy products? Reminds me of the Nintendo case in 1991.
On the bright side, Iomega is making a "charitable donation" of Zip drives, media, services, and software to schools, K-12, to be determined. Oh, wait, is this a donation or a marketing scheme? Kids just might want to bring some data home, and they'll need something to read those Zip disks.
Well, somebody other than Iomega wins -- the legal fees are still to be determined, not to exceed $4.7 million. Looks like the attorneys made out pretty well for a nearly 3-year action.
The rebate amounts differ depending on whether or not you submit a valid "Proof of Manifestation." Basically you have to affirm, under penalty of perjury, that you experienced a "continual" clicking noise and inability to read and write data to any disk in the drive. Technical assistance is provided free of charge for 10 months from the Settlement Effective Date regarding clicking noises. So I guess assistance for non-clicking problems is not covered.
Now, if I could get something back for my Jaz drive and disks...