While Sony isn’t the only major corporation that tried to sneak a “you can’t sue us” clause into their user terms and conditions, they were the first and most conspicuous of the recent attempts. Mostly because their users had every right to sue for Sony not kidding their information safe. But if Sony thought telling people not to sue them would work, they were sadly mistaken: Now they’re being sued for telling people they can’t sue.
A man in Northern California is taking Sony to court over the terms, alleging that “Sony engaged in unfair business practices by forcing consumers to either give up their right to file a class-action lawsuit or give up access to the online gaming network they effectively paid for when they purchased the hardware.” Call us biased, but we think he’s got a case. Especially considering the Sony “no sue” policy seems at worst illegal and at best unethical. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, and knowing the court system, it could be awhile.