Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phone fires lead to class action

Posted on: November 1st, 2016 by Steve Larson

phoneThree owners of Galaxy Note 7 phones, which were recalled because they are prone to catching on fire and exploding, sued the electronics maker’s U.S. unit. In the first consumer class-action suit to be filed over the troubled device, the Note 7 owners seek unspecified damages and an order requiring the company to repair, recall and/or replace the phones, and extend applicable warranties.

Samsung told its customers that they would have to wait days or weeks for a replacement phone. In the meantime, they’re charged monthly fees by carriers for phones they can’t use, according to the complaint.   The lawyer for the three owners said the lawsuit is to recover the cost of the voice and data plans during the time that owners couldn’t use their phones.

Regulators have banned the model from carry-on and checked baggage on all U.S. flights and last week said passengers who try to carry Note 7 phones onto planes will have them confiscated and may face fines.

The case is Waudby v. Samsung, 16-cv-07334, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey (Newark).