GXP suit: Rich get goldmine, poor get shaft

— 5:12 PM on May 2, 2005

The class action lawsuit against IBM for its infamous "DeathStar" 75GXP drives has come to a settlement. Consumers who lost data on the Deskstar 75GXP, the drive that launched a thousand threads, and even more comments in a single article, may be eligible for a cash award of $100 per drive. However, you are not eligible to receive the "award" unless you reported the defective drive to IBM, but did not request compensation. Additionally, the settlement allows IBM to deny any wrongdoing, even as it pays damages and nearly 10 million dollars in legal fees to the class. For the most part, owners of the flawed DeathStar will receive a proton torpedo up the thermal port.

Personally, my data is alive today because I knew there were risks in taking on that particular brand.

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