Remember the class action lawsuit that was stirring a few months back from D600 owners?
Well, it looks like a settlement has been reached and D600 owners who were part of the lawsuit now have the chance to trade in their D600 models for a new D610.
Below is an email received by a D600 owner that had been part of the lawsuit. He posted the email on the fredmiranda forums. I have added emphasis to certain key parts of the email.
As a result of your involvement in the Nikon D600 camera lawsuit, Nikon has offered to immediately provide you with a new D610 camera in exchange for settling your individual claim.
In order to accept this settlement offer and receive a D610 you must complete the following steps:
1. Complete and sign the attached Qualifying Statement, Short Form Release, and Confidentiality Agreement.
2. Register your D600 camera at the following link: https://support.nikonusa.com/ci/documents/detail/5/144/12/33a9814ba32973bc88a6c149468e888c2cd1adf5
3. After registering your D600 camera, you will be prompted to create and print a pre-paid UPS Return Label and packing slip.
4. Pack your defective D600 camera, packing slip, and the original signed copy of your Qualifying Statement, Short Form Release, and Confidentiality Agreement in a box, and affix the UPS Return Label. Drop the box off at any UPS facility. (Visit https://www.ups.com/dropoff for hours and locations.) You may also arrange to have your shipment collected by a UPS driver.
5. Once Nikon receives your D600 and the required documents they will mail you a replacement D610 camera.
Please send only your D600 camera, packing slip, and the Qualifying Statement, Short Form Release, and Confidentiality Agreement to this address. When shipping, please secure the D600 camera in a plastic bag inside the shipping box with quality packing material on all sides of the D600 camera. Your D600 must be received in satisfactory working order. Do not include any lenses, batteries, memory cards or other accessories. Also please ensure that your name and address are printed legibly on the Qualifying Statement, Short Form Release, and Confidentiality Agreement.
This settlement offer is completely voluntary. You have until November 30, 2014 to accept this offer. Anyone who chooses not to participate will retain their right to pursue further legal action against Nikon. However, as a result of this offer we will no longer be pursuing legal action against Nikon for its defective D600 cameras.
D600 owners who did not contact our law firm may avail themselves of Nikon’s updated D600 repair and replacement program.
It is critical to note that you must keep this resolution completely confidential, which you agree to do by signing the attached Confidentiality Agreement. Any dissemination of the information contained in this email or the settlement offer may render you ineligible to receive a D610. Please refrain from posting any information about the settlement offer or your replacement D610 on any websites, and refrain from discussing the settlement offer with any other individuals.
Thank you for contacting our law firm and for your participation in the case. Please let us know if you have any questions, and should you need legal representation in the future please do not hesitate to contact us.
BRIAN C. GUDMUNDSON | PARTNER
ZIMMERMAN REED, PLLP
1100 IDS Center, 80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402 T 612.341.0400
Note the confidentiality requirement. Nikon does not want you talking about how you got your D600 replaced with a new model. I find it almost funny that Nikon is still blowing smoke about whether or not the Nikon D600 was a defective product. If Nikon would have come clean early on after the discovery of the problem, then we would no longer be talking about this issue. Or, we would reference the situation as an example of how you are supposed to take care of your customers.
Oh, and the person who passed along the email… he has already sold his D600, so he gets nothing from this settlement and, therefore, there is no need for him to sign a confidentiality agreement.
[via Nikon Rumors]