Mobile Fidelity Class Action, Audiophile Music Direct Alleges Companies Falsely Advertised Vinyl Records As Genuine Analog Recordings
Overview of the Mobile Fidelity, Audiophile Music Direct class action:
- Who: Gregory Bitterman has filed a class action lawsuit against Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Inc. and Audiophile Music Direct, Inc.
- Why: Bitterman claims that Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab and Audiophile Music Direct misrepresented the fact that the vinyl records they were selling as limited-edition Ultradisc One-Step Recordings were genuine analog recordings.
- Where: The class action lawsuit was filed in federal court in Illinois.
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab and Audiophile Music Direct are misrepresenting that the vinyl records they sell as limited-edition Ultradisc One-Step Recordings are genuine analog recordings, according to a new class action lawsuit.
Plaintiff Gregory Bitterman claims that Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab and Audiophile Music Direct “wrongfully omit the existence of a digital step” in the limited-edition Ultradisc One-Step recordings.
Bitterman contends that the alleged misrepresentation “implicates the core value” of vinyl record products since “the purity of the process of making all-analog records is important to the plaintiff, the band members, and the audiophile community.”
Analog discs are rarer than digital discs since the process to produce them can only be done a limited number of times, according to the class action lawsuit Audiophile Music Direct and Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab.
“Because of this built-in rarity, pure analog records are highly collectible and far more valuable than records made from digital master recordings,” the vinyl record class action lawsuit states.
Audiophile Music Direct, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Class Action Alleges Companies Acknowledge Vinyl Records Aren’t “All Analog”
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab and Audiophile Music Direct have since “admitted” that vinyl records are “not all analog” and in fact incorporate “digital direct-stream technology,” according to the vinyl record class action.
Bitterman alleges that Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab and Audiophile Music Direct are guilty of fraud and unjust enrichment, among other things, and in violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and General business law in New York.
He seeks a jury trial and seeks declaratory judgment and injunctive relief as well as an award of statutory and/or actual damages for himself and all class members.
Bitterman wants to represent a national class and a New York underclass of consumers who have purchased a limited-edition Ultradisc One-Step recording from Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab or Audiophile Music Direct.
A separate audio class action lawsuit was filed against Acer last month over allegations that the company computers manufactured with a defect which causes them to “stutter” during videos, teleconferences and video games.
Did you purchase a limited edition One-Step Ultradisc recording from Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab or Audiophile Music Direct? Let us know in the comments!
Plaintiff is represented by Adam J. Levitt, Amy E. Keller and Michelle I. Locascio of DiCello Levitt LLC; Andrew B. Miller of Star Austin & Miller, LLP; and Kenneth J. Grunfeld and Kevin W. Fay of Golomb Spirt Grunfeld, PC
The Mobile Fidelity Analog Recordings Class Action Audiophile Music Direct is Bitterman v. Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Inc., et al.Case No. 1:22-cv-04714, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
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