“PSN Hack” Class Action Law Suit Largely Dismissed

[drop2]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.



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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

      • Can you write that in english now?

      • 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.

      • Thank you Bladesteel.

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

  4. 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.

  5. No real surprise here.

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