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"PSN Hack" Class Action Law Suit Largely Dismissed

Dismissed.


The PSN was down for ages, but returned with new security and a pile of free games for those affected.
A US judge has dismissed the majority of a class action lawsuit against Sony.

April 2011 seems so long ago, but after Sony and its networks were hacked, bringing down the PSN for a good few weeks and putting a huge amount of personal data potentially out there, a group of US citizens filed a class action lawsuit.

The suit cited negligence, unjust enrichment, bailment, and violations of California consumer-protection statutes. All of these were dismissed, as Judge Anthony Battaglia found that Sony did not violate consumer-protection laws.

Crucially, it seems most of the rulings were based on the notion that the paintiffs didn’t actually subscribe to premium PSN services, and “thus received the PSN services free of cost”.

Gamespot writes that Battaglia said users should have been aware that Sony’s security was not “perfect”, adding that every user signs a Privacy Policy that featured “clear admonitory language” and pointing out that there was no deception on the behalf of Sony.

Finally, prejudice was ruled out because the breach had nothing to do with Sony, and was the result of criminal action.

Source: CHN, via GameSpot.

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10 Comments
  1. ignorbert
    Member
    Since: Forever

    Good.. and now move along.. nothing to see here..

    Comment posted on 23/10/2012 at 08:57.
  2. Motalla
    Member
    Since: Dec 2011

    So there are some judges left who can think clearly, good. You can see where societies are heading by the amount of solicitors it has in companies ans other institutions. The US took a wrong turn here ages ago.

    Comment posted on 23/10/2012 at 09:13.
  3. Nickboss1
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Battaglia said users should have been aware that Sony’s security was not “perfect”

    I didn’t think it was perfect, but I also didn’t think Sony were dumb enough to let my credit card details become widely available to the highest bidder.

    Well I do now.

    Comment posted on 23/10/2012 at 11:05.
    • Gamoc
      Member
      Since: Forever

      So did not LET anyone do anything, that’s why it’s called “hacking” and not “walking in for tea, biscuits and personal info”.

      Comment posted on 23/10/2012 at 11:20.
      • Nickboss1
        Member
        Since: Mar 2010

        Can you write that in english now?

        Comment posted on 23/10/2012 at 11:41.
      • Bladesteel
        Member
        Since: Sep 2008

        In english:

        Sony did not voluntarily give the hackers the information. The security wasn’t sufficient to stop the hackers but this judge ruled it (and the terms of the agreements) was sufficient to cover Sonys collective butts.

        Comment posted on 23/10/2012 at 19:12.
      • Nickboss1
        Member
        Since: Mar 2010

        Thank you Bladesteel.

        Comment posted on 23/10/2012 at 20:58.
      • Gamoc
        Member
        Since: Forever

        I missed ‘ny’ from the end of Sony, that’s all.

        Comment posted on 24/10/2012 at 10:37.
  4. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    But not all PS3 users were aware of Sony’s crap security at the time. Plus, it is up to the company to make sure details are protected from hacks as a lot of people had to change their cards. I think one of the TSA regs had their card details nicked due to the hack.

    I’ve just rembered that lawsuit about the distressed woman who tried to sue Sony and made it seem like the mafia were hunting her down. Think Tuffcub took the piss out of her with a parody article.

    Comment posted on 23/10/2012 at 12:00.
  5. stormy
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    No real surprise here.

    Comment posted on 23/10/2012 at 15:28.

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