Microsoft Dodges Class Cert. In Zune Defect Suits

Law360, New York (March 5, 2012, 7:17 PM EST) -- A New Jersey federal judge declined to certify a statewide class Monday in a suit over alleged flaws in Microsoft Corp.'s Zune MP3 player's display screen, ruling the evidence presented did not sufficiently raise an inference of a uniform design defect.

U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson ruled that the allegations of plaintiffs Catherine Smith, James Maloney and Marylee Maloney suggest the LCD cracks “result from a muddled mix of causes and effects,” leaving “no indication that each purported cause led to a uniform result.” The...
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