Western Digital Hard Drive Class Action Settlement, Claim with No Receipts!
If you purchased a computer with one of the Western Digital Hard Drives noted – or bought these WD Red NAS hard drive separately – in the timeframe indicated, then you may be entitled to part of the Western Digital Hard Drive class action settlement. Because, the lawsuit alleges that Western Digital failed to disclose that these hard drives used SMR technology, which the plaintiffs allege, is inferior. WD denies that SMR is inferior. The United States District Court for the Northern District of California is overseeing this lawsuit. The lawsuit is known as Malone v. Western Digital Corporation, Case No. 5:20-cv-03584-NC.
How does one file a claim?
Head on over to the website, where you can learn more and file a claim. You can file online with or without a unique ID, and you can also file by mail.
What’s this settlement about?
Plaintiffs alleged that Western Digital represented its “WD Red NAS” hard drives to be designed and suitable for use in NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices because the drives use “SMR” (Shingled Magnetic Recording) technology. Nicholas Malone, Chris Ayers, James Backus, Brian Conway, David Eaton, Steven Gravel, James Raaymakers, and Tod Weitzel are the plaintiffs in the filed class action lawsuit against Western Digital. The operative complaint in this case is available on this website. Western Digital denies these allegations, denies that SMR is inferior technology, or that it did anything wrong. Defendant contends that its SMR-based Red NAS drives were designed and extensively tested for use in the applications for which they were marketed, and Western Digital believes that the drives perform well in, and are suitable for use in, NAS devices employed in appropriate applications and workloads.
What Products are Included? Where were they sold?
The specific hard drive models are:
- WD20EFAX (2TB capacity)
- WD30EFAX (3TB capacity)
- WD40EFAX (4TB capacity)
- WD60EFAX (6TB capacity)
Who is eligible for a refund?
All persons in the United States (including its states, districts or territories) who purchased a WD Red NAS Drive using Shingled Magnetic Recording (“SMR”) technology between October 2018 and July 21, 2021.
Is a receipt required?
Proof of purchase is not required. However, if you have receipts, you may be able to claim more.
How much will I get back?
Purchasers of WD Red NAS Drives with 2TB capacity (WD20EFAX) or 3TB Capacity (WD30EFAX) will receive at least $4.00 for each drive purchased, subject to pro-rata adjustment, if applicable.
Purchasers of WD Red NAS Drives with 4 TB capacity (WD40EFAX) or 6TB capacity (WD60EFAX) will receive at least $7.00 for each drive purchased, subject to pro-rata adjustment, if applicable.
If the amount used to pay eligible claims is less than the full value of the Settlement Fund (after payment of fees, costs, notice, administrative costs, and service awards), then each claimant’s recovery will be increased on a pro rata basis up to a maximum of 85% of the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) value of the drive purchased. The MSRP value that will be used for a pro rata adjustment will be as follows: 2TB (MSRP $84.99); 3 TB (MSRP $106.99); 4 TB (MSRP $119.99); 6TB (MSRP $179.99).
What’s the deadline to file a claim?
November 27, 2021
What is a class action lawsuit settlement?
For example, a class action lawsuit is one with multiple plaintiffs. In other words, there are more than one person being represented by the lawsuit. In other words, a plaintiff or plaintiffs file the case on behalf of many people who were affected by aren’t involved in the actual suit. For example, if you purchased an item that was later determined to be involved in a class action lawsuit, you may be entitled to compensation. If you’re included in the class or group of people affected, then you can file a claim to receive money, coupons or replacement products. But, each case is different, and each will specify who is included. In addition, class action lawsuits may require proof that you are part of the group of affected people. In this case, proof of purchase or other specified proof is needed. However, in some cases, no proof is required. In that case, you can file a claim without proving that you are part of the class of people affected. Of course, when you file a claim you are doing so under penalty of perjury. So, do not file if you do not qualify.
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