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Sony updates PSN user agreement to block class action lawsuits

Sony is guarding PSN against future class action lawsuits.
Sony is guarding PSN against future class action lawsuits.Sony

Sony is updating the user agreement for the Playstation Network starting on September 15 and one of the changes included in the update seeks to stop class action lawsuits against the company.

In place of the right for PSN users to file a class action lawsuit against Sony, section 15 of the PSN user agreement leaves "Binding Individual Arbitration" as the only option to solve disputes.

ANY DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEEDINGS, WHETHER IN ARBITRATION OR COURT, WILL BE CONDUCTED ONLY ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT IN A CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE ACTION OR AS A NAMED OR UNNAMED MEMBER IN A CLASS, CONSOLIDATED, REPRESENTATIVE OR PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL LEGALACTION, UNLESS BOTH YOU AND THE SONY ENTITY WITH WHICH YOU HAVE A DISPUTE SPECIFICALLY AGREE TO DO SO IN WRITING FOLLOWING INITIATION OF THE ARBITRATION. THIS PROVISION DOES NOT PRECLUDE YOUR PARTICIPATION AS A MEMBER IN A

CLASS ACTION FILED ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 20, 2011.

Sony does leave open the possibility to opt out of this binding arbitration agreement but you must do so within 30 days from accepting the agreement.

IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE BOUND BY THE BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER IN THIS SECTION 15, YOU MUST NOTIFY SNEI IN WRITING WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE DATE THAT YOU ACCEPT THIS AGREEMENT. YOUR WRITTEN NOTIFICATION MUST BE MAILED TO 6080 CENTER DRIVE, 10TH FLOOR, LOS ANGELES, CA 90045, ATTN: LEGAL DEPARTMENT/ARBITRATION AND MUST INCLUDE: (1) YOUR NAME, (2) YOUR ADDRESS, (3) YOUR PSN ACCOUNT NUMBER, IF YOU HAVE ONE, AND (4) A CLEAR STATEMENT THAT YOU DO NOT WISH TO RESOLVE DISPUTES WITH ANY SONY ENTITY THROUGH ARBITRATION.

The rest of the updates to the PSN user agreement mainly revolve around changing Sony's legal entity from Sony Network Entertainment America Inc. (SNEA) to Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI).

The updated Playstation Network user agreement should appear the next time you log on to the service from your PS3 or PSP. Check out the full list of changes to the agreement here (PDF).

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