Personal storage manufacturer Iomega has been hit with a lawsuit over its so-called 'click of death' product bug, which has been wrecking a number of its Zip storage drives.
Earlier this year, a number of Iomega customers discovered that their Zip drives would suddenly begin clicking, sometimes ceasing to work and even damaging disks and the data on them.
On Friday, the company admitted there had been a class action lawsuit filed against it the previous week in a US court, alleging that the clicking noise may damage a Zip drive or disks.
"We have been and are taking strong measures to be responsive to the needs of our customers who might have a problem with any Iomega product ... this lawsuit is unfortunate, especially since our Zip drive return rates are at an all time low," said James Sierk, president and chief executive officer.
In a statement, the company claimed that less then 0.5 per cent of Zip drive customers had contacted the company with problems related to clicking noises.
"The company believes the claims are unfounded and intends to defend the suit vigorously," the statement read.
The company has recently signed a number of deals with computer manufacturers to include its storage products with PCs as standard devices. However its most recent financial results, for the second quarter of 1998 ended in June, showed a loss of nearly $34 million compared to $26 million profit for the same period in 1997.
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