Harmonix: Lawsuit is “Opportunistic, Baseless”

Harmonix: Lawsuit is "Opportunistic, Baseless"

Last week, a Kansas man filed a class action lawsuit against Harmonix and its Rock Band cohorts over allegedly faulty drum pedal peripherals.

But Rock Band publisher MTV Games told Edge on Monday that it stands behind its products.

"Harmonix and MTV Games are dedicated to consumers having an outstanding experience with our products," a company rep said. "When used as directed, our drum pedals are designed to provide years of enjoyment.

"In addition, at the launch of Rock Band we offered consumers an extended opportunity return defective or broken hardware for any reason whatsoever–no questions asked. This litigation is opportunistic and baseless."

On November 18, Monte Morgan filed the suit, saying that broken drum foot pedals "deprive [customers] of the value and enjoyment of their purchases."

Reports of cracking plastic drum pedals led the suit’s defendants, Harmonix, MTV Networks, Viacom and distributor Electronic Arts, to extend Rock Band peripherals’ warranties beyond the original 60 days.

According to the complaint, the defendants eventually ceased the warranty extension, stating that as of October 1, 2008, peripherals are only under warranty if a receipt is provided within 60 days of purchase.

Rock Band 2 sports a kick pedal reinforced with a metal plate.

The plaintiff is seeking damages, an order enjoining the defendants from from alleged "wrongful conduct" and legal fees.

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