Last month we heard that the FTC in the US has ruled that those ‘warranty void if removed’ stickers were illegal. Now the FTC has started to enforce the ruling by telling some hardware manufacturers to remove them.
Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft all have these stickers on their games consoles and now the HTC has given the three companies thirty days to remove the stickers.
Motherboard has managed to get their hands on some copies of the letters that have been sent to Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, you can see a portion of one of the letters below.
This letter places you on notice that violations of the Warranty and FTC Acts may result in legal action,” the letters state in bold, adding that the FTC had reviewed warranty language on each manufacturers’ websites and found it to be infringing. “ FTC investigators have copied and preserved the online pages in question, and we plan to review your company’s written warranty and promotional materials after 30 days. You should review the Warranty and FTC Acts and if necessary, revise your practices to comply with the Acts’ requirements. By sending this letter, we do not waive the FTC’s right to take law enforcement action and seek appropriate injunctive and monetary remedies against [company name] based on past or future violations.”
As yet there does not appear to be any official reply from either company as yet, we presume all three will end up complying with the FTC ruling.