WD hard drive, western digital class action lawsuit - WD Red NAS
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Consumers who purchased certain WD Red NAS Western Digital hard drives may be eligible to benefit from a $2.7 million Western Digital class action lawsuit settlement over claims the products used technology inferior to what was represented.

The Class is made up of anyone in the United States, its districts, and territories who purchased a WD Red NAS drive using shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology between October 2018 and July 21, 2021. 

The following Western Digital hard drive models are covered by the settlement:

  • WD20EFAX (2 TB capacity)
  • WD30EFAX (3 TB capacity)
  • WD40EFAX (4 TB capacity)
  • WD60EFAX (6 TB capacity) 

Plaintiffs in the Western Digital class action lawsuit alleged that the company uses SMR technology in its WD Red NAS hard drives without disclosing that fact to customers.

Western Digital denies SMR is inferior technology and denies all accusations of wrongdoing; however, it has agreed to the settlement.

The Court has not ruled in favor of either party in this case.

Western Digital makes a variety of data-storage products, including hard drives and solid state drives, USB flash drives, and memory cards.

Class Members who file a valid claim form will receive a payment after attorneys’ fees and other expenses are paid from the settlement fund.

Payment amounts will depend on the capacity of the Western Digital hard drive the Class Member purchased and on how many valid claims are filed.

It is expected that those who purchased WD Red NAS drives with 2TB capacity (WD20EFAX) or 3TB capacity (WD30EFAX) will receive at least $4 for each drive, while those who purchased WD Red NAS drives with 4 TB capacity (WD40EFAX) or 6TB capacity (WD60EFAX) will receive at least $7 for each.

If the amount used to pay eligible claims is less than the full value of the net settlement fund, each claimant’s recovery will be increased proportionately up to a maximum of 85 percent of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) value of the drive purchased. The MSRP values to be used for such an adjustment will be: $84.99 for 2 TB drives, $106.99 for 3 TB drives, $119.99 for 4 TB drives, and $179.99 for 6 TB drives.

Also as part of the Western Digital class action lawsuit settlement, the company will disclose on product packaging for at least four years after the settlement’s final approval that the WD Red NAS drives use SMR technology.

A final hearing in the Western Digital class action lawsuit settlement will be held Dec. 22, 2021.

The deadline to opt out of or object to the settlement is Dec. 3, 2021.

The claim deadline is Nov. 27, 2021.

Who’s Eligible

The Class is made up of anyone in the United States, its districts, and territories who purchased a WD Red NAS drive using shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology between October 2018 and July 21, 2021.

Potential Award

Varies

Proof of Purchase

No proof of purchase is necessary.

Claim Form

NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.

Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.

Claim Form Deadline

11/27/2021

Case Name

Malone v. Western Digital Corporation, Case No. 5:20-cv-03584-NC, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Final Hearing

12/22/2021

Settlement Website
Claims Administrator

Malone v. Western Digital Corporation
c/o JND Legal Administration
P.O. Box 11007
Seattle, WA 98111
info@WDRedNASHarddriveSettlement.com
833-677-1089

Class Counsel

Yitzchak Kopel
BURSOR & FISHER PA

Daniel M. Hattis
HATTIS & LUKACS

Defense Counsel

Eric Kizirian
LEWIS BRISBOIS BISGAARD & SMITH LLP

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4 Comments

  • john August 31, 2021

    Data centers can receive 10’s of thousands in this.

  • Gary Moore August 30, 2021

    This would be a great class action to use to gather up the names and contact info of all the fraudulent/criminal /fake claimants so that a concise list can then be maintained, distributed, and policed. Without a doubt this will be one of those class actions where the total number of hard drives claimed will exceed the amount Western Digital actually made. They say, “If the amount used to pay eligible claims is less than the full value of the net settlement fund …” as if there is more than a 0% chance of that if-statement actually occurring. And just FYI, I will NOT be submitting a claim. Do you know why? Because I never bought a WD hard-drive, and I don’t submit fake claims. Uh oh … did I say all of that out loud?

    • Educator September 7, 2021

      Who cares what you say lol

    • Cpu September 9, 2021

      I buy at least 3 harddrives a year for video editing and backup purposes.

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