California man files lawsuit against Sony

Dec 23, 2011 - LegalZoom News Source
A lawsuit was recently filed against Sony for unfair business practices.

A Northern California man recently filed a class-action lawsuit against Sony for alleged unfair business practices.

Following another class-action lawsuit filed against Sony that was recently dismissed, this one  was filed against the company for a no-lawsuit clause in a service agreement.

The plaintiff filed the lawsuit in November on behalf of all the customers who purchased PlayStation 3 gaming systems and signed up for PlayStation Network access before September, when Sony changed its terms of service agreement.

The lawsuit alleges that Sony engaged in unfair practices when it forced consumers to either give up their right to file a class-action lawsuit or give up access to the online PSN gaming network.

The plaintiff contends that the company buried the clause, putting it near the end of a 21-page form.

Sony allowed customers the opportunity to opt out of the agreement, but the only way consumers could do so was by writing a letter within 30 days of the change.

According to the website KnowYourNetWorth, Sony's net worth is $45.6 billion.