SAN FRANCISCO – A South Dakota man alleges that a hard drive manufacturer misrepresents its product as high-performance and reliable despite multiple failed hard drives reported by consumers.

Christopher A. Nelson filed a class-action lawsuit Feb. 1 in the U.S. District Court Northern District of California against Seagate Technology LLC, a hard drive manufacturer, citing alleged unfair competition, breach of express warranty, unjust enrichment and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between 2012 and 2015, he purchased two hard drives manufactured by the defendant between the same years. While the drives were still in warranty, both hard drives suffered failure with little to no forewarning, the suit states. Nelson holds Seagate Technology LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly claimed that its product is of high-quality and reliable even under tough environments, but failed to disclose its defective nature and defects to him at the time of sale.

The plaintiff seeks compensation for all damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney's fees and costs and any other relief the court deems just and proper. He is represented by Jeff D. Friedman and Steve W. Berman of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP in Berkeley and Seattle, Washington and by Marc A. Goldich of Sheller PC in Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court Northern District of California Case Number 5:16-cv-00523-PSG

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