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The world of law is vast and confusing for most people, but one way that consumers can benefit from it is through class-action lawsuits. These cases, typically filed by a group of consumers against a corporation, are often started over minor details.
Examples include suing because an “all-natural” fruit drink contained some artificial ingredients, or owners of a particular product line finding that it’s susceptible to issues. If you’ve purchased one of these products in the given time frame, you might be eligible for free money.
One current lawsuit that may apply to you is a settlement from Sony regarding the PlayStation 3. On original PS3 models, you had the ability to install Linux if you so desired; Sony pushed an update in 2010 that removed this functionality. While it’s not likely that a lot of people were using Linux on their systems, it still rubbed some the wrong way.
Since you can’t play games online unless your system is up to date, you had to decide between using Linux and getting your PS3 online. Sony is now paying out for this decision.
You can read the full details on the lawsuit’s website, but the basics are that you’ll receive $55 if you can prove that you owned a “fat” PS3 and prove that you actually installed Linux. If you owned a “fat” PS3 between November 2006 and April 2010 but didn’t use Linux, you’re entitled to $9. The deadline to submit is December 7th.
Of course, it’s highly unlikely that you have screenshots of Linux running on your machine or communication with Sony about the feature, which you need to prove for the higher claim amount. It’s also reasonable to assume that most people don’t have a receipt from purchasing their PS3 six to ten years ago.
It’s a shame that the burden of proof is falling on the consumer and not Sony, especially when the capability to install Linux was touted as a headline feature of the system.
(4/5) I was an early adopter of PS3 @ the $600 price pt, specifically so I could install Linux & experiment w/Cell processor programming.
— Aaron Lanterman (@abovenyquist) February 21, 2016
While you can prove your purchase by providing the serial number of the machine and your PSN username used before the Linux feature was removed, it’s up to you whether it’s worth the $9 to do so.
Did you run Linux on your PS3 before the feature was removed? Let us know if you’ll be filing a claim in this suit down in the comments!
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