Toshiba Satellite Pro 6100 Class Action

TORONTO, April 19 /CNW/ - A national class action has been commenced on behalf of Canadians who own Toshiba Satellite Pro 6100 Notebook Computers. The claim seeks compensation as a result of alleged defects in the Satellite Pro 6100 Computers. The defendant named in the lawsuit is Toshiba of Canada Limited ("Toshiba"). A similar action in the United States involving the Satellite Pro 6100 Computers against Toshiba America Information Systems Inc.was recently settled.

The claim, filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, alleges that Toshiba was negligent in the design of the Satellite Pro 6100 Computers, and that Toshiba knew or ought to have known of the inherent defects in the

computers' design but nevertheless sold, marketed and distributed the computers in Canada. As alleged in the claim, the fundamental problem with the Satellite Pro 6100 Computers involves design defects that make the computers

unreasonably susceptible to premature motherboard and video graphics array failures.

The failures involving the Satellite Pro 6100 Computers often occur outside of the warranty period, and therefore, owners of these computers have spent hundreds of dollars in replacing the motherboard and/or hard drives at their own expense. Further, these owners are unable to use their computer for extended periods of time because of the premature failures/unexpected shutdowns.

"Many people rely on their notebook computers as a means of earning a living and for educational purposes", said Joel P. Rochon, a partner at Rochon Genova LLP. "The objective of this action is to deliver fair compensation to

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Canadian consumers who own these defective computers." Toshiba is one of Canada's leading manufacturers of computers and computer products. Toshiba began to design and manufacture the Satellite Pro 6100 in 2002 as a line of portable computer notebooks.

The allegations raised in the claim have not yet been proven in court. The plaintiff and the prospective class members are represented by the firm of Rochon Genova LLP.

For further information: Joel Rochon, 416-548-9874.