The “click of death” has come back to haunt Iomega, with the settlement of a class action against the company. But there is no word yet of whether non-US buyers of Iomega products will benefit.
The suit was filed in a Delaware court in 1998 alleging Iomega, maker of the Zip disk storage system, sold drives and disks that failed because of a manufacturing flaw. Drives would simply click repeatedly -- the “click of death” -- and damage any disk used in the drive. Data was lost or corrupted and many users were left out of pocket having bought a back-up system they could not trust.
The just-announced settlement of the suit means anyone who bought an Iomega device between January 1, 1995 and March 19, 2001 is entitled to a partial refund based on a sliding scale.
“We haven’t seen a ruling on how this applies to the rest of the world yet and the actual ruling from the court won’t be handed down until June 8,” says Iomega's Sydney-based marketing manager, Peter Atton.
Iomega has a page on its website devoted to the “Rinaldi” ruling, named for the lawyer representing the end users.