Earlier this month, some Kindle users who owned books by George Orwell found that their purchased downloads were suddenly and remotely deleted by Amazon. This understandably made customers – and even those who didn't own Kindles – irate.
Amazon's reason for pulling the book was due to the publisher not having the real rights to the material, and even CEO and founder Jeff Bezos issued an apology. But none of that helped Justin D. Gawronski, a 17-year-old high school student who had purchased Orwell's 1984 to complete a summer homework assignment. When Amazon deleted the book from his Kindle, it rendered the electronic notes he had taken worthless.
Gawronski has filed a class action lawsuit filed against Amazon.com. KamberEdelson, LLC, a class action firm that focuses on internet, technology and privacy issues, will be handling the lawsuit.
"We appreciate Amazon.com's new found contrition, but words are not enough," explained Jay Edelson, the lead attorney for the class action. "Amazon.com had no more right to hack into peoples Kindles than its customers have the right to hack into Amazons bank account to recover a mistaken overpayment."
The class action seeks injunctive relief barring Amazon.com from improperly accessing peoples Kindles in the future and also seeks monetary relief for those who lost work-product associated with the deleted books.
Amazon has yet to comment. We'll keep you posted on the developments.