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Hitachi Faces Dallas Federal Lawsuit Over HD Television Defects

Class-action could involve tens of thousands of Hitachi TV owners

DALLAS — The Law Offices of Heygood, Orr, Reyes, Pearson & Bartolomei in Dallas has filed a lawsuit against the American subsidiary of Japanese consumer electronics giant Hitachi (NYSE: HIT) over alleged defects in the company’s high-definition television sets. According to the lawsuit, tens of thousands of consumers who bought the high-end TVs may be experiencing the same trouble.

Plaintiff Anthony Partida of Dallas says he and other owners of Hitachi’s 50V500A model LCD rear projection television are experiencing a design defect that creates green “blobs,” red “blooms,” green haze, blue dots, yellow lines and other color anomalies on their TV screens. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status on behalf of every owner of the 50V500A model, says the defect makes the televisions useless for their intended purpose.

In the lawsuit against Hitachi America Ltd., filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, attorneys for Mr. Partida say Hitachi has known of the defect since early 2005, but the company has continued to sell the defective sets. Despite the company’s knowledge of the problem, the lawsuit continues, Hitachi has been unable or unwilling to develop a solution.

“Hitachi has been more than willing to take people’s money for these TV sets and they should be more than willing to fix them,” says attorney Eric D. Pearson of Heygood, Orr, Reyes, Pearson & Bartolomei, who represents Mr. Partida in the case. “In some cases, people paid $3,500 or more for these TVs. You can’t take that kind of money and deliver a defective product.”

Brisbane, Calif.-based Hitachi America is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Hitachi, Ltd., a telecommunications, electronics, power systems, digital media and consumer products giant that employs more than 400,000 people worldwide.

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The Law Offices of Heygood, Orr, Reyes, Pearson & Bartolomei is a Texas civil litigation firm representing businesses and individuals in matters involving personal injury claims, contract disputes, business torts, professional negligence and more.

More information on Heygood, Orr, Reyes, Pearson & Bartolomei is available at http://www.reyeslaw.com.

For more information on the case involving Hitachi television defects, please contact Mark Annick at 800-559-4534, 214-213-1754 (mobile) or mark@androvett.com.

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