Sony PSN class-action lawsuit ban prompts... lawsuit
And it's seeking class-action status too
Sony is being sued over its insistence that it not be sued.
The consumer electronics giant is the subject of a new lawsuit filed with the US District Court for Northern California, Gamespot reports.
The complaint alleges Sony engaged in unfair business practices by seeking to prevent users from launching class-action lawsuits against the company. This restriction was enshrined in Sony's PlayStation Network terms and condition when they were revised last month.
Anyone wishing to continue using PSN must first agree to the fresh PSN Ts&Cs.
The lawsuit grumbles that Sony stuck the legal action limitation toward the end of a 21-page document written like all Ts&Cs listings in dense legalese.
The new term doesn't prevent punters taking legal action against Sony - which would almost certainly be unconstitutional in the States - only they they must not band together with others to do so.
Sony has yet to respond to the lawsuit, which will be working its way through the company's legal department first.
Let's hope the plaintiff did not agree to the new PSN Ts&Cs as he is seeking class-action status - which must be granted by the court - for his lawsuit. ®
You ARE 'Mark One' (arch Sony apologist & fanboy of old), AICMFP.
Sony again eh?
Gotta love how royally they have screwed the pooch with their apparent lack of care for their customers.
Is this irony? The EU parliament has balls? Since when? They don't have any power to go with those balls, all decisions are made by the European Council, an unelected body of 'elders' filled by appointment. The EU parliament is a charade to impart the belief that the EU is a democratic institution.
Besides which, 'class action' is an American invention, you do not get it in non-US common law countries. In the UK however, a consumer contract which wilfully throws away consumer rights like that would be considered unenforceable under the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations Act.