Court approves preliminary settlement in 2011 PlayStation Network breach lawsuit

The settlement will cost Sony upwards of $17.75 million, with plaintiffs potentially getting a PS3/PSP game, a PS Plus membership, and more.

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A U.S. District Court in Southern California has issued a preliminary settlement approval, stemming from a 2011 class-action lawsuit filed by anonymous witnesses. The cash value of the settlement could total as much as $17.75 million.

According to Game Informer, plaintiffs in this class-action suit are eligible to receive a free PS3 or PSP game, PS3 themes, or a three-month membership for PlayStation Plus. Compensation will vary depending on whether customers took advantage of the Welcome Back program that was originally offered as an olive branch to affected customers. Those that had their identities compromised during that 2011 period are also eligible to submit a claim for up to $2,500.

This 2011 lawsuit alleged that Sony laid off a "substantial percentage" of the Sony Online Entertainment division, shortly before the infamous data breach of that year. It also alleged that Sony had spent money on installing firewalls to protect corporate data, but neglected to protect user data.

The full terms of the settlement can be found here and here.

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    July 23, 2014 6:40 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Court approves preliminary settlement in 2011 PlayStation Network breach lawsuit.

    The settlement will cost Sony upwards of $17.75 million, with plaintiffs potentially getting a PS3/PSP game, a PS Plus membership, and more.

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      July 24, 2014 5:29 AM

      Where do we register?

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      July 24, 2014 6:07 AM

      I get an old PS3 game and the lawyers get millions of dollars. Yay.

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        July 24, 2014 7:29 AM

        And you are obligated to agree to their TOS and use PSN to get it, double-yay.

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          July 24, 2014 7:32 AM

          I've already signed and have a PSN account, but I have no desire to claim my copy of whatever 3 year old game they intend to give people.

          I would prefer if this class action suit never happened in the first place.

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            July 24, 2014 7:45 AM

            I would prefer that the breach never happened in the first place. When they amended the TOS and made it a term of signing in, I took option 2 and did not sign in.