Supreme Court Ruling Hampered Sony Class Action LawsuitAdded: Monday, May 2nd, 2011
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The outage of PlayStation Network seeing over 70 million users’ information compromised seemed to become one of the company’s more expensive messes, particularly with governments starting to express concerns over users identities and a lawsuit being filed against Sony. In other words, the situation looked like certain disaster until yesterday, when a Supreme Court ruling was brought up in another case.
Those belonging to the world of the gaming industry, which is following the developments of the Play Station Network outage very closely, couldn’t miss it that some new development might hamper the class action lawsuit launched against the company over the massive information loss.
The cause for such statement turned out to be an article in the LA Times, describing a class action lawsuit launched against a phone company. Its subscribers complained about an extra $30 fee added to the price of a mobile phone purchase. The lawsuit ended in the Supreme Court, where the phone company announced that the contract the plaintiffs signed when using the service prevented class action lawsuits! And the Supreme Court decided in favour of the phone company, confirming that corporations are able to make contracts depriving their end-users of a chance to form a class-action lawsuit.
Meanwhile, dissenting judges were saying that a practical ban on class action is quite unfair to cheated consumers, and therefore class-action claims should be permitted in order to prevent the corporations from “insulating” themselves from responsibility for their own frauds. In addition, this court decision will prevent lawyers from representing clients for small claims like that $30.22.
The industry reacted in the same manner, realizing that such sudden demise of class actions would shock both the markets and the legal system by drastically increasing the market power of large companies over ordinary citizens and small businesses. In other words, numerous laws protecting the public would simply become irrelevant since few people are able to enforce them.
Back on Sony lawsuit, we can conclude that the implications will depend on 2 issues: how the lawsuit is worded and whether Sony has an anti-lawsuit clause in its contract. Even if the lawsuit will be dismissed in the US, there are still many users of PSN in other countries which have different laws.
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Monday, May 2nd, 2011
|posted by (2011-05-03 05:08:30)|
|Life: People getting shafted from birth to grave.|
|There still hasn't been a ruling, in the US or any other country. Sony might get away with a lot in the US, but other countries with their laws might really slam the hammer on Sony's sac.|
|that typical in the US where the people have less rights than corporations.|
stop electing republicans, and only elect democrats that have integrity and ability to stand up for your rights, or just elect independents and teach those reps and dems a lesson.
|posted by (2011-05-04 03:30:44)|
|Both the republicans and democrats have failed the voter so we need independents; one term only people to elect . .||
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