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Amazon settles suit with teen in Kindle-ate-my-homework case

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Remember a few months ago when Amazon deleted a bunch of e-books from Kindle owners, including (ironically) George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four? Well, the company just settled a lawsuit filed by one of those affected by the preemptive move: Justin Gawronski, a 17-year-old high school student from Michigan who claims he made “copious notes” in his Kindle which were no longer connected to the relevant passages of the text and therefore rendered useless. Gawronski, who already received a $30 gift certificate in the wake of the deletion flap, will collect $150,000 (his reps indicate that after subtracting lawyer fees, the proceeds will go to charity). Still, that’s not bad compensation for losing a book that the teen admitted to the L.A. Times last July he was “between a quarter and halfway through” reading. I wonder if it’s too late for me to sue my family’s Labrador for mauling my much-marked-up high school edition of Animal Farm just days before freshman-year midterms.