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US District Judge Throws Out Most PSN-Related Lawsuits

People weren't happy when the PlayStation Network was hacked in April of 2011. Some of the more disgruntled filed a class-action lawsuit against Sony for the security breach in question.

But as recently reported, a US district judge has thrown out most of those lawsuits, clearing Sony of any critical mishap. Judge Anthony Battaglia filed a 36-page order dismissing the majority of the claims against Sony; such claims included negligence, bailment, unjust enrichment, and various violations of California consumer protection statutes.

Battaglia also ruled that Sony didn't violate the latter laws, primarily because none of the plaintiffs in the suit were PlayStation Plus subscribers and as such, "received PSN services free of cost." As for the negligence, the judge said users should've been aware that the PSN security "wasn't perfect" and in fact, all users had signed a Sony Privacy Policy that protects the company. In regards to the bailment, that was dismissed with prejudice, due to plaintiffs admitting that their personal info had been stolen due to a criminal data breach that had nothing to do with Sony.

While at least some of the blame must fall in Sony's lap, it's illogical to blame them exclusively for criminal activity. It's like getting pissed at the bank that got robbed...yeah, maybe security could've been better, but there are really bad people at the root of the issue, and they're not bank employees. Well, not typically.

Tags: playstation network, sony, psn, psn lawsuits, playstation

10/23/2012 10:21:10 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (23 posts)

frylock25
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 10:54:49 AM
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so i saw this news feed about this chick called a radio station to complain about deer crossing signs. her problem was "why do we put up these signs and give these deer the permission to cross the road here? people drive here and they are causing a lot of accidents!" some people just dont get it. it feels like people are just to retarded to figure things out. how can you sue a store (sony) for having criminals (hackers) break into their store (psn)? these people lost no money and were not placed in any danger.

none of them were plus members really tops it. kind of like suing a store because you shopped at it on a date before criminals were on the grounds of the store. dont pay for premium service with them but they owe because they offer a free network.

retarded people everywhere.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 12:25:38 PM
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Good, that was a bunch of malarkey.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 2:51:06 PM

World, your avatar... stop it... I don't have time to get nostalgic and play FFVII again. Curses!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 3:49:29 PM

heh, she's cute isn't she?

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GuardianMode
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 4:04:09 PM

Too late for me....Im at Kalm...... ; ;

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Underdog15
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 @ 9:28:06 PM

I'll always have a soft spot for Aeris/Aerith. I think I've got a bigger crush on Tifa, though.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 12:38:58 PM
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frylock25,
yeah, I almost snorted out my coffee last week after listening to her idiotic on-air rant too, & I had even bookmarked it for future usage.

And I would've added the link here just for $hits & giggles, but sadly, the site I used had to take it down due to copyright infringement rules alleged by another site.

But here's another one that's even way more stupid than her's...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASB4j15RR70

Anyway, even though Sony could've been a bit more vigilant in their on-line security, I put the full blame on the hackers, not Sony.

But some good did come out of that whole fiasco, Sony tightened up it's security web.

Last edited by BikerSaint on 10/23/2012 12:42:46 PM

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frylock25
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 9:57:30 PM

it was funny but i was like what the hell?!? like we have a pact with the animals. what is wrong with some people

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Jed
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 @ 4:00:05 PM

"Illegal aliens who work for a living give money to the government to pay my welfare checks"

That's just golden

Thanks BikerSaint

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Knightzane
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 1:33:36 PM
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Wow people actually tried to sue Sony? The xbox gets modded and hacked daily, kids giving out their parents credit card information and all kinds of things and people try to sue Sony for some professional hackers?

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sawao_yamanaka
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 2:02:17 PM

It is funny you bring that up. I had gotten my info stolen twice since using Xbox, also my account once and yet these kids think they are entitled for something. It is out of someone's control when hackers get involved. I would rather leave my cc info with Sony instead of Microsoft for sure.

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GuardianMode
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 4:08:35 PM

Not only that. But the gamepress seems to enjoy the PS3s problems. The 360 and Wii were hacked day one but it took 6years for that to happen to the PS3. Yet,all I seen is Sony Doomed this and Shame on Sony for poor security that. Makes me kind of sick.

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 4:30:20 PM

Agreed. It's certainly sad how this all works, but yet it will happen to MS and they will be all hush hush about it and try to cover it up. I would not put it past them though to do it.

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Excelsior1
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 4:58:56 PM

Guardianmode speaks the truth when he says the gaming press seemed to enjoy the fact Sony messed up. That story ran wild for days and even weeks. Sony was a little slow to respond...I think I remember an open letter Ben wrote to Sony saying they had to say some something. Well, they did eventually. Slowly the network was brought back up(took forever) and Sony at least made an effort to restore some goodwill with the Welcome back program. Gamers came back to PSN so it looks like there was no real damage to the PSN usage rates.

As an avid online gamer and pretty hardcore Sony fan that hack was just downright painful. Not only could I not play my favorite online games but I had to watch the Sony name get hammered for awhile. I say the less said about that hack the better off for Sony. I'm sure they learned a lot from the hack and are watching their network like a hawk. I can't control that stuff so it's up to Sony to keep their network secure. There will always be hackers.

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 5:04:49 PM

Well said Excelsior.

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tes37
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 1:44:14 PM
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I wonder how many of the plaintiffs took advantage of Sony's goodwill gesture of free games after the network was brought back online. It's just a wild guess, but I'd probably be right if I thought every one of them did. To me, that's payment enough, though no compensation was due to them.

I was happy with receiving an extension of my plus membership and I feel that Sony's treatment of their customers went above and beyond what any company would have done.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 2:47:22 PM

Tes,
YUP! And not only that, many of those unsavory characters also openly bragged about having made separate regional accounts, just so that they could siphon off even more free games from Sony's misfortune.

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Helghast
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 3:02:45 PM

Exactly. I was a Plus member at the time and all Sony technically had to do was extend my subscription one month for the time the network was offline but they gave two additional moths because of the free moth everyone else got. Add that to the free games and the additional 3 free months I got for being an early adopter, i'd Say Sony has more than taken care of me. They didn't have to give the free games, but the fact that they did shows how much Sony truly does care for their customers. I remember when the free game options were announced and people were actually complaining, I couldn't believe it, Sony didn't have to give them anything and they were complaining because they didn't like any of the free game options.

@BikerSait
I don't think accounts made after the attack were eligible for the free games, however many people like my self already had multiple regional accounts before the attack and could take advantage if we wanted to. I refused to do that. To me that would be stealing and there would be no way I could feel good about myself knowing I took advantage of Sony, even if they are a huge corporation.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 4:57:45 PM

Helghast,
Now that you mentioned it, you're right that any new accounts were not privy to those free games.

But....there were still others that already had multiple accounts too, that were bragging about stealing games that they weren't entitled to.

BTW, my Kudo's to you for doing the right thing!

Last edited by BikerSaint on 10/23/2012 4:59:24 PM

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wackazoa
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 3:17:38 PM
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There is hope for the judicial system after all.

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___________
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 @ 4:49:47 AM
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just goes to show everyone really does have their price.
theres nothing in this world that a brown sack with a dollar sign cant solve!
funny 4.21 CFW has spread like wildfire this week so im interested to see who $ony sends their thugs after next.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 @ 2:48:10 PM
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__________,
Hopefully Sony goes after everyone involved.

And that includes you if you plan on DL'ing it to also steal Sony's services too.

Last edited by BikerSaint on 10/24/2012 2:49:06 PM

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tes37
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 @ 8:33:02 PM

I hope he gets caught if he does steal software.

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