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Blizzard faces class action suit over account authenticators

Blizzard Entertainment is facing a class action lawsuit over the sale of its Battle.net authenticators, which are used to provide security for player account information for games such as World of Warcraft and Diablo 3 . The suit , filed by the law firm Carney Williams Bates Pulliam & Bowman, PLLC in the Central District of California, alleged that the authenticators were needed by players “in order to have even minimal protection for their sensitive personal, private, and financial data.” The lawsuit referred to an August security breach in which no financial user data was reported to be stolen. The class action suit posited that Blizzard practiced “deceptive upselling,” in that it allegedly failed “to disclose to consumers that additional products must be acquired after buying the games in order to ensure the security of information stored in online accounts that are requisites for playing.” A Blizzard representative told Forbes that “this suit is without merit and filled with patently false information, and we will vigorously defend ourselves through the appropriate legal channels.” The representative said the use of the authenticator tool was optional for players, and offered players “an added level of security against account-theft attempts that stem from sources such as phishing attacks, viruses packaged with seemingly harmless file downloads, and websites embedded with malicious code.” Blizzard’s statement continued, “the suit’s claim that we didn’t properly notify players regarding the August 2012 security breach is not true.

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Class action lawsuit from PlayStation Network hack mostly dismissed

Federal Judge Anthony Battaglia dismissed several key claims of a class action lawsuit leveled against Sony after 2011′s PSN hack .

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Valve’s updated Steam Subscriber Agreement bars class action lawsuits

If you’re like most people, when Steam started up this morning you noticed there was an extra pop-up prompting you to click a button that says “I agree” a few times, and you did this without reading much into what you were consenting to.

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More THQ stockholders suing THQ over uDraw

After an initial investigation into whether or not THQ misled its investors about the demand for its uDraw tablet – and a subsequent lawsuit – shareholders have filed another lawsuit against the beleaguered publisher , reports GamesIndustry .

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Lawsuit filed against Sony’s anti-lawsuit provision

A class-action suit filed in a California court late last month seeks to reverse Sony’s forced prevention of class-action suits, which the company buried in a mandatory PSN update , following the PSN security breach earlier this year. Gamespot reports the suit claims Sony engaged in unfair business practices by forcing consumers to choose between giving up access to PSN or the right to a class-action lawsuit over hardware they purchased. The suit also calls out Sony for only allowing consumers to opt-out of the class action provision by snail mail, rather than any modern communication method.

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HAHAHA! Sony sued over no-sue clause in Terms of Service

Yep. The new PlayStation Network Terms of Service clause that basically says that users cannot sue Sony after agreeing to use the service has bit Sony in the ass. They’re…being sued.

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New Xbox Live terms of service prevent class action lawsuits against Microsoft

You can now add Microsoft to the growing list of companies including anti-class action lawsuit language in their terms of service. Following in the footsteps of EA and Sony , the latest Xbox Live terms of service requires that United States users agree to a “class action waiver.” As the language suggests, the waiver bars any user from entering a class action lawsuits against Microsoft, requiring instead that all disputes be solved by “informal negotiation.” Should said negotiation fail to solve the dispute, individuals may enter into binding arbitration with the company.

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GameStop targeted in class action suit over personal info

GameStop may know a lot more about you than you realize, a new class action lawsuit suggests. Melissa Arechiga is accusing the game retail giant of storing personal information of its customers without their knowledge or consent. According to the complaint, GameStop acquires “additional personal information, including the cardholder’s physical residential address, by pairing the PII (personal identification information) with the cardholder’s name obtained from the credit card.” Essentially, the suit alleges you’re handing over a lot more than just a credit card number to GameStop when you swipe for your purchase

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Sony files to dismiss ‘Other OS’ class action lawsuit

SCEA has filed a motion to dismiss a class action brought against the company for its removal of the PS3′s “Other OS” feature, which allowed users to install Linux on the system. Sony argues that the lawsuit, a consolidation of seven similar suits filed last spring, fails to present evidence that the company overtly advertised Other OS in its marketing campaigns or on PS3 packaging. Sony’s filing also claims that the PS3 warranty, license agreement and the PlayStation Network Terms of Service “specifically provide PS3 purchasers with a license, not an ownership interest, in the software and in the use of the PSN, and provide that SCEA has the right to disable or alter software features or terminate or limit access to the PSN, including by issuing firmware updates,” according to court documents obtained by IGN .

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LGJ: Gaming’s professional plaintiffs and class actions

Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq (“LGJ”), a column on legal issues as they relate to video games : [ Maveric2003 ] The term “professional plaintiff” is thrown out at the idea that some people make their living as someone who partners with an attorney to bring so many lawsuits that their entire livelyhood rests on suing people.

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