PS3 Updates Kill Class Action Rights, Lets Users Keep The Postal Service Busy [News]

sonyps3 1   PS3 Updates Kill Class Action Rights, Lets Users Keep The Postal Service Busy [News]Want to play your Playstation 3 now that the Playstation Network is accessible? That’s no problem – as long as you sign away your right to file a class action lawsuit against the company when you install the latest update.

Obviously worried about the fallout of any future security flaws or network outages, Sony’s lawyers have drawn a line in the sand.  The relevant text is as follows:

ANY DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEEDINGS, WHETHER IN ARBITRATION OR COURT, WILL BE CONDUCTED ONLY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT IN A CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION OR AS A NAMED OR UNNAMED MEMBER IN A CLASS, CONSOLIDATED, REPRESENTATIVE OR PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL LEGAL ACTION.

sonyplaystation3 1   PS3 Updates Kill Class Action Rights, Lets Users Keep The Postal Service Busy [News]

What?!” you might say, “they can’t do this!”  But unfortunately, if you live in the United States, they actually can. Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court decided that AT&T had the right to force arbitration upon its customers, thus dismantling a class action lawsuit. Courts in other countries might be less cooperative with Sony’s policy, however.

Surprisingly, there is an opt-out clause in the user agreement. If you don’t like the cut of Sony’s jib, you can send them a letter to 6090 Center Drive, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90045. The letter must be sent to the attention of the Legal Department/Arbitration and include your name, address, PSN account number and a statement that you do not wish to enter arbitration should any disagreements arise. Of course, this opt-out is more of a symbolic gesture, as you’ll have trouble finding others who still have the right to join in a class action lawsuit with you.

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Source: Ars Technica

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