THE BOY who lost all his homework on George Orwell's book 1984 when it was deleted from his Kindle has decided to sue Amazon for getting him in hot water with his teacher.
When Amazon pulled the dystopian novel 1984 from thousands of Kindles earlier this month, Justin Gawronski's electronic notes for a summer homework assignment instantly became useless.
While Amazon has said it's sorry for deleting content that people paid for from their machines and promised never to do it again, that is not good enough for 17 year-old Justin.
After all when he showed up in class, his teacher at Eisenhower High School in Shelby Township categorised his "Kindle ate my homework" tale as a variation on the age old "my dog ate my homework" excuse.
According to PR Newschannel, Gawronski was assigned 1984 for an advanced placement course in which students must turn in "reflections" on written works when they return from summer break, then take a written test. He was a quarter to halfway through the book when it disappeared from his Kindle.
His notes on the book were "rendered useless because they no longer referenced the relevant parts of the book," according to the lawsuit.
The kid has got himself a brief, Jay Edelson, who is a lawyer in Chicago, and he has filed a class action lawsuit seeking punitive damages for those affected by the deletion as well as an injunction to prevent Amazon from improperly accessing Kindles in the future.
Amazon said that it will never do that again but it did not expect to see a class action lawsuit. µ
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