Sony versus the lawyers – Round 1

Suprendo!* The first lawsuit against Sony after the disastrous user information hack and theft has been filed in the USA. The Californian-based Rothken Law Firm is the first group of blood-suckers to get their fangs into Sony’s newly exposed neck. The lawsuit is being filed on behalf of bloke from Alabama called Kristopher Johns.

Johns is filing the lawsuit because Sony did not take “reasonable care to protect, encrypt, and secure the private and sensitive data of its users”. Fair enough, I guess.

There’s more, however as the court filing documents claim that the theft of over 70 million PSN user accounts “has caused, and continues to cause, millions of consumers fear, apprehension, and damages including extra time, effort, and costs for credit monitoring, and extra time, effort, and costs associated with replacing cards and account numbers, and burden, and is harming both consumers’ and merchants’ ability to protect themselves from such fraud. This lawsuit seeks to remedy this reprehensible situation.”

Rothken Law Firm is pushing to make this a Class Action lawsuit, which means that anybody affected by Sony’s breach in security can jump on-board and reap the benefits – assuming the litigation goes well for Kristopher Johns and co. If not, he could always try and sue Warner Bros. Interactive for their liberal use of the letter “K” in place of “C” in Mortal Kombat. It’s possible Kristopher has been rocking that whole “K” in place of “C” vibe for longer than the MK franchise.

Source: Eurogamer

*that was a Magicka reference in case you missed it.