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Rinaldi v. Iomega Corporation

Delaware Superior Court
41 U.C.C. Rep. Serv. 2d 1143 (1999)


Facts

Iomega Corporation (Iomega) (defendant), a Delaware corporation, manufactured zip drives. Six people who bought Iomega’s zip drives (plaintiffs) brought a class action against Iomega, alleging the drives were defective and claiming, among other things, that Iomega breached the implied warranty of merchantability. Iomega included a disclaimer of the implied warranty of merchantability inside each of the zip drives’ packaging. The plaintiffs argued that the disclaimer was not conspicuous, as required under Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) § 2-316(2), because the disclaimer could not be discovered by a buyer until after the drive was purchased and the packaging was opened. Iomega moved to dismiss the claim, based on its disclaimer of the implied warranty of merchantability.

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