The American legal system, eh? Brilliant! Smart-arsed litigants looking for clever-bugger ways of extracting cash in cahoots with lawyers unable to see beyond their Audis? Brilliant!
Well, it's not so funny if you're a pair of companies called Microsoft and Bungie who have been slaving for ages over a little game called Halo 3
and then some San Diego resident by the name of Randy Nunez decides to sue your sorry asses.
Why would Randy (stop it at the back) being trying to get a posse together for a class action suit, claiming that Microsoft and Bungie (the Defendants) have produced a game that is incompatible with the Xbox 360?
Money! Well, actually, you can see the full Class Action over at Justia
but, here are the details in precis:
1) Halo 3 does not function with the Xbox 360, and on the contrary, attempted use of Halo 3 consistently causes the Xbox 360 to "crash", "freeze" or "lock-up" while the game is being played.
2) The Defendants have failed to recall Halo 3 or otherwise remedy its failure to function on the Xbox 360.
3) Because Halo 3 is not fir for either its ordinary purpose or for that particular purpose for which it was sold, Defendants have breached the statutorily implied warranties of the Song Beverey Consumer Act.
The upshot to the beginning of what we're not starting to call "The Case of the Century" is:
"...this action seeks monetary relief of $5,000,000, exclusive of costs and attorney's fees and interest..."
Five Million Dollars for at best a dodgy Xbox 360 and/or copy (or copies) of the game? Brilliant. One of the older SPOnGers is now thinking of suing Polydor over a copy of what he calls a "Long Playing Record". The LP in this case is 1984's Rattlesnakes
by Lloyd Cole and The Commotions. The reason? It not only refused to play on his "Stereo Record Player", it also damaged the 'needle'.
Damages of up to a trillion-billion quid are being mentioned.
Frankly, as long as the great country of America keeps up this kind of thing then Al Qaeda can simply hang around and wait till everybody has sued everybody and no one has any energy left.