Sony Accused of "unlawful, unfair, and fraudulent" Practices

Also sued by the visually impaired

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Sony Accused of "unlawful, unfair, and fraudulent" Practices
It's not Sony's week when it comes to litigation in the United States. Three people are separately suing the company for various perceived flaws in its PlayStation and online products.

First to the stand is Alexander Stern, a vision-impaired gamer from California, who is claiming that Sony Online Entertainment and SCEA of "violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to implement features to make its games accessible to visually impaired gamers."

Without naming any games in particular Mr Stern claims that, unlike World of Warcraft for example, Sony has failed to provide gamers with cues to direct them in-game. He does cite Transformers, which uses voice-overs as well as a high-contrast compass. He also states that despite several emails and snailmail, Sony has refused to respond to his requests.

Of course, being a legal action in the States, Mr Stern also claim that as he's unable to access related auction sites, he's suffering financial losses.

Next up are two gamers from Texas and Iowa who are claiming that "unlawful, unfair, and fraudulent business practices include, but are not limited to, misrepresentations regarding the fitness of the PS3 and software updates, failing to disclose defects in the system and software updates, and refusing to repair PS3 systems free of charge."

Basically, both gamers are claiming undisclosed damages due their PS3s failing to work after the installation of firmware updates 3.0 and 3.1.

Sony has not commented on any of the litigations so far.

Source: Gamespot and again.


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