A gentleman from Birmingham, Alabama has put in the first legal claim against Sony via the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He is hoping his case will be awarded Class Action status so that the complaints of other consumers will be added to its weight.
Kristopher Johns is claiming that Sony did not take “reasonable care to protect, encrypt, and secure the private and sensitive data of its users.” He states that because Sony didn’t warn consumers sooner, they might suffer greater financial damage because they weren’t given the opportunity to make their own decision about closing accounts and cancelling cards.
Johns is claiming for monetary compensation as well as free credit card status monitoring. If his case is awarded Class Action Status it could potentially mean a rather large group of consumers, although undoubtedly substantially fewer than the 75 million accounts, are entitled to join the case and benefit from any future entitlements it yields.
In a country with such a widespread culture of litigation, it’s hardly surprising that it hasn’t taken too long for the first lawsuit to be filed. We wouldn’t be surprised to see similar suits in Europe fairly soon either.