Sony cleared in PSN hack class action lawsuit
- Posted October 23rd, 2012 at 10:51 EDT by Adam Dolge
- 3 Comments
Multiple charges against Sony from a class action lawsuit stemming from the PlayStation Network hack and breach of customers' personal information have been dismissed by a U.S. district judge. The charges were dropped, in part, because the plaintiffs did not pay for the PSN services and did not subscribe to premium PSN services.
Last year the PSN outage left millions of user accounts vulnerable to hackers. A class action lawsuit was filed against Sony for failing to protect those user accounts. But U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia dismissed charges of negligence, restitution, and unjust enrichment, according to Courthouse News (via CVG).
Sony was also cleared of violations of California consumer protections laws. A bailment charge was dismissed because the plaintiffs admitted personal information was stolen as a result of a criminal intrusion. The plaintiffs do not allege Sony was in any way involved with the data breach.
After Sony recognized user accounts were breached, the company offered an assortment of compensations. With this class action lawsuit now dismissed--although the class may amend its claim for injunctive relief--it seems yet another chapter in the PSN hacking issue is closed. Are you pleased with the results or do you think those impacted by the PSN hack should continue fighting? Leave us a comment below.
- 11:07am EDT - October 23rd, 2012
Definitely pleased by the results, the hackers should be punished severely but I think people should lay off of Sony. Those that suffer directly as a result of the hack should be compensated, as Sony have agreed to, but as the court has decided, this is not a fault of Sony's; it's a problem that Sony are definitely addressing and trying their best to improve, but they are not even remotely to blame, and it's the hackers that compromised the security that should be dealt with harshly.
jamesobachand | snake2112
- 11:17am EDT - October 23rd, 2012
Finally, a good decision was made. I just got a check in the mail for a class action lawsuit against classmates.com; three dollars and some change. LOL. The only people that actually get paid in these suits are the attorneys and that's why they do it. It is shady and these lawers should be sued for taking advantage of the people.
- 4:49pm EDT - October 24th, 2012
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