Eastman Kodak Co., barred last month by a federal judge from making and selling instant cameras and film, has been hit by another court order that puts its refund program for the obsolete cameras on hold. Judge David J. Shields of the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago ordered Kodak to stop its refund program until a lawsuit charging Kodak with not offering enough compensation to instant-camera owners can be heard. Shields' injunction was filed Thursday.
"Essentially, what the injunction does is ensure that the court will supervise the program," Perry M. Berke, the attorney who filed the lawsuit of behalf of William and Joyce Sampson of Chicago, said yesterday. "We believe there should be some type of independent administration of the compensation, instead of having Kodak say, 'Here's what you can have.' "
Kodak offered the refund program after a federal court ordered the company out of the instant-photography business Jan. 9 because of patent violations against Polaroid Corp. Consumers were given their choice of a new disc camera and two packs of film, a share of Kodak common stock or a coupon book worth $50 off Kodak merchandise. Kodak said it would honor the injunction while appealing it.