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Nikon Settles D600 Class Action Lawsuit by Offering D600 Owners Free D610s

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At least one of the class action lawsuits against Nikon about the sensor spec issue found on some D600 cameras has been settled, and settled in the best possible way for the users participating in this suit.

According to an email posted to a fredmiranda forum, D600 users who were part of the Zimmerman & Reed lawsuit we told you about back in February have until November 30th, 2014 to complete a few simple steps and get a brand new D610 completely free.

Here’s the full text from the email:

Good afternoon,

Good news!

As a result of your involvement in the Nikon D600 camera lawsuit, Nikon has offered to immediately provide you with a new D610 camera in exchange for settling your individual claim.

In order to accept this settlement offer and receive a D610 you must complete the following steps:

1. Complete and sign the attached Qualifying Statement, Short Form Release, and Confidentiality Agreement.

2. Register your D600 camera at the following link: https://support.nikonusa.com/ci/documents/detail/5/144/12/33a9814ba32973bc88a6c149468e888c2cd1adf5

3. After registering your D600 camera, you will be prompted to create and print a pre-paid UPS Return Label and packing slip.

4. Pack your defective D600 camera, packing slip, and the original signed copy of your Qualifying Statement, Short Form Release, and Confidentiality Agreement in a box, and affix the UPS Return Label. Drop the box off at any UPS facility. (Visit https://www.ups.com/dropoff for hours and locations.) You may also arrange to have your shipment collected by a UPS driver.

5. Once Nikon receives your D600 and the required documents they will mail you a replacement D610 camera.

Please send only your D600 camera, packing slip, and the Qualifying Statement, Short Form Release, and Confidentiality Agreement to this address. When shipping, please secure the D600 camera in a plastic bag inside the shipping box with quality packing material on all sides of the D600 camera. Your D600 must be received in satisfactory working order. Do not include any lenses, batteries, memory cards or other accessories. Also please ensure that your name and address are printed legibly on the Qualifying Statement, Short Form Release, and Confidentiality Agreement.

This settlement offer is completely voluntary. You have until November 30, 2014 to accept this offer. Anyone who chooses not to participate will retain their right to pursue further legal action against Nikon. However, as a result of this offer we will no longer be pursuing legal action against Nikon for its defective D600 cameras.

D600 owners who did not contact our law firm may avail themselves of Nikon’s updated D600 repair and replacement program.

It is critical to note that you must keep this resolution completely confidential, which you agree to do by signing the attached Confidentiality Agreement. Any dissemination of the information contained in this email or the settlement offer may render you ineligible to receive a D610. Please refrain from posting any information about the settlement offer or your replacement D610 on any websites, and refrain from discussing the settlement offer with any other individuals.

Thank you for contacting our law firm and for your participation in the case. Please let us know if you have any questions, and should you need legal representation in the future please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

BRIAN C. GUDMUNDSON | PARTNER

ZIMMERMAN REED, PLLP
1100 IDS Center, 80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402 T 612.341.0400

Since the forum user who posted this hadn’t yet (and doesn’t intend to) signed the confidentiality agreement attached to the email and won’t be taking advantage of the offer, they didn’t technically break any rules by posting the resolution online. That being said, we doubt either Nikon or Zimmerman & Reed are happy about this particular tidbit getting out.

(via Nikon Rumors)


 
  • DaniGirl

    So what does this mean for those of us who have a D600 but were not part of the lawsuit and don’t live in the US?

  • http://www.woodyoneal.com/ Woody ONeal

    You’ll have to sue Nikon in your own jurisdiction?

  • Dan

    This is going to spread like wildfire regardless, but we probably shouldn’t get too excited about this leak if we weren’t involved in the lawsuit:

    “Pack your defective D600 camera, packing slip, and the original signed
    copy of your Qualifying Statement, Short Form Release, and
    Confidentiality Agreement in a box, and affix the UPS Return Label”

    I’m assuming most normal D600 owners don’t have the original signed copy of a qualifying statement, short form release, and confidentiality agreement, haha.

  • The_Nexus

    I would take a copy of that information posted on FredMiranda and send it to your local Nikon office and see what the result will be once they get back to you on it.

  • Rob Cordosi

    No need to sue Nikon. I sent mine in for the initial “shutter replacement” and cleaning. A couple of months later the spots were back. I called Nikon and told them that I would not go through this again and asked for a D610 replacement. They upgraded my trouble ticket and connected me with a supervisor. She didn’t even hesitate and said that they would replace my D600. I sent in the body only, pretty much as described above and in only 3 days received a shiny new D610 complete in a retail box which included a battery, charger and strap. Nikon really wants to fix this and will easily replace your D600 with just a little bit of prodding. BTW, my D600 was out of warranty as well.

  • David Portass

    Annoyingly I’m one of those with a D600 that has worked without oil spot issues :(

  • Vitaliy Piltser

    I feel pretty silly but I actually don’t remember if I signed up to be part of the lawsuit. Is there anyway to check?

  • Régis Corbet

    Same experience here in France, I call Nikon french NPS hotline wednesday to tell that after a first sensor cleaning in december, spots are back, and asked if they will replace my D600 by a D610, they told me certainly not, and when I answer that would be proposed solution if we were in US, the operator told me that: “Aux US le client est roi” (“in US the consumer is king”).

  • Sterling

    Don’t you just hate when you buy a product and it works properly?

  • Bill Austin Kearns

    umm, look at the records you kept ?

  • DaniGirl

    FWIW Nikon Canada says they do “not have any D610 upgrade programs in place.”

  • dvjm

    If you did, you will get the email.

  • Renato Uchoa

    it’s not a upgrade, you have to tell them it’s is a defective product that need to be exchanged.

  • Olikay

    Same here, it’s weird watching this happen from the sidelines. I’m completely happy with my D600.