Angelino Menconi Oct. 19, 2015, 1:50pm


A class action lawsuit claims that The Barnes & Noble Co. knowingly sold Nook ereaders with defective charging devices, rendering the tablets useless.

Michelle Hainley of Lancaster County filed a class action lawsuit Oct. 7 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, citing breach of implied warranty and breach of express warranty.

According to the lawsuit, Hainley purchased a Nook Color ereader in December 2011 and the charging cable malfunctioned less than a year later. The complaint states that Nook chargers and power adapters also would dangerously fray and become defective after a few hours of use. The suit further states that the defendant was aware of the problem, having received thousands of complaints, and in response issued the same defective replacement parts to consumers in violation of the product warranty.

The plaintiff is demanding compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of the class and is represented by Johnathan Shub of Kohn, Swift and Graf of Philadelphia and Brian Kabateck, Joshua H. Haffner and Jennifer Duffy of Kabateck, Brown, Kellner LLP of Los Angeles.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 5:15-cv-05513-JLS.

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