PSN Outage Class Action Suit Thrown Out of Court
A post on the Courthouse News Service from late last week reports that a federal judge threw out the class action lawsuit filed against Sony for the April 2011 PSN outage—an outage that was caused by hackers exploiting Sony’s security measures. In addition to the network’s outage, users’ credit card information was made vulnerable, a fact that the complainants were trying to pin on Sony in their lawsuit, alleging that their security was not sufficient.
Federal Judge Anthony Battaglia acquiesced to Sony’s motion to dismiss the suit, noting that by agreeing to Sony’s terms of service in the first place acknowledged the service’s lack of perfection. Specifically, the policy used “clear admonitory language that Sony’s security was not ‘perfect,’” and that “no reasonable consumer could have been deceived.”
To put it more simply: Sony didn’t act out of accordance with the law or with their agreement with customers. Moreover, Sony didn’t engage in criminal behavior—you know, like the hackers did—to release or reveal the consumers’ information.
So there you go. Can we get back to just blaming Sony for their crappy user interface? That’s really my main problem.