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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. ®

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