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Sony Sued Over PlayStation 3 Other OS Feature

Meiselman, Denlea, Packman, Carton & Eberz P.C. announced that it, as attorneys for Anthony Ventura of Calfornia, has filed a lawsuit against Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (April 27, 2010, docket number 3:10-cv-01811).

According to the statement, the lawsuit stems from Sony’s decision to force users of its PlayStation 3 (PS3) console to either install an update that would disable the console’s “Other OS” feature or lose the ability to play games with other users in the network.

The lawsuit alleges that Sony marketed the PS3 as a console that could be used as a home personal computer with a direct connection to the internet, while also offering its other online gaming and multimedia features. Users who refused to disable their Other OS feature lost important functions such as the ability to play PS3 games online and the ability to download new PS3 games. Users who disabled the Other OS feature could no longer use the console as it was marketed, as a personal home computer.

The statement goes on to say that the firm hopes to force Sony to make the Other OS feature, together with the other advertised features, available to all purchasers of the PS3 and/or pay refunds to owners.

The firm is seeking to prosecute the case as a class action on behalf of everyone in the United States who bought a PS3 between November 17, 2006 and March 27, 2010.

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