DEC loses RSI lawsuit over its keyboards

Digital has confirmed that it has been ordered to pay US$5.3 million to an office worker who charged that using a Digital keyboard was responsible for her musculo-skeletal injuries.

Digital has confirmed that it has been ordered to pay US$5.3 million to an office worker who charged that using a Digital keyboard was responsible for her musculo-skeletal injuries.

Two other workers were awarded smaller amounts of several hundred thousand dollars each, bringing the total judgment against Digital to around US$5.9 million, according to Digital spokesman Reed Goodman.

While thousands of similar cases have been filed against computer makers, including against IBM, Apple and AT&T, the Digital case marks the first time a jury has found in favor of the plaintiff, Goodman says.

Maynard, Massachusetts-based Digital defended itself in a prepared statement against the suit, which was filed in a US District Court in Brooklyn, New York.

"Digital believes our products are safe and conform to all applicable industry standards," Goodman says, reading from the statement. "We disagree with the verdicts which are inconsistent with relevant scientific knowledge..."

Digital will attempt to have the verdicts set aside by the trial court and if necessary will appeal, Goodman says.

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