Plaintiffs in Playstation Data Security Class Action Back to the Drawing Board

Cross-posted at’s WLF contributor site

One of the hallmarks of frivolous litigation is a class composed of arguably uninjured plaintiffs who often receive little in the way of remuneration for the asserted wrong.  That remuneration is reserved for the lawyers, and the class is thus relegated to receiving coupons or promises to refrain from future behavior.  Where the plaintiffs have not endured any real harm, litigation merely burdens the docket while enriching plaintiffs’ lawyers.  However, a recent opinion in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California may bode well for defendants who encounter this type of litigation, particularly in data breach cases.

In an order for In re: Sony Gaming Networks, the district court granted leave for plaintiffs to amend their complaint after determining that they had not satisfied the burden of pleading a cognizable injury.  This opinion adds to case-law saying the same; in 2011, another California court dismissed some of the claims against Google for its data collection under the Google Street View program due to the plaintiffs’ lack of monetary damages. Continue reading “Plaintiffs in Playstation Data Security Class Action Back to the Drawing Board”