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Sony Online Entertainment Class Action Settlement

by Rainier on Jan. 22, 2015 @ 2:16 p.m. PST

A settlement has been reached with the Sony Entities about the illegal and unauthorized attacks in A‌pril 20‌11, on PSN, Qriocity, and SOE services.

The Sony Entities deny any claims of wrongdoing in this case, and the settlement does not mean that the Sony Entities violated any laws or did anything wrong.

The Class includes everyone in the US (including its territories) who had a PSN account, a Qriocity account, or an SOE account at any time before Ma‌y 1‌5, 20‌11.

There are various benefits, depending in part on what type of account(s) you had. Benefits you could get (if you qualify) include:

  • Payment equal to paid wallet balances (if $2 or more) in PSN or SOE accounts that have been inactive since the Intrusions,
  • One or more of the following: a free PS3 or PSP game, 3 free PS3 themes, or a free 3-month subscription to PlayStation Plus (once valid claims exceed $10 million, class members will still be eligible for one free month of PlayStation Plus),
  • A free month of Music Unlimited for Qriocity accountholders who did not have a PSN account,
  • $4.50 in SOE Station Cash (amounts will be reduced proportionally if valid claims exceed $4 million).

If you had out-of-pocket charges due to actual identity theft, and have documentation proving that the theft was caused by the Intrusion(s), you can submit a claim for reimbursement up to $2,500. Reimbursements will be reduced proportionally if the total amount payable on all valid claims would exceed $1 million.

To get benefits, you must file a claim form. You can also request claim forms from the Claims Administrator by writing to PSN-SOE Settlement, P‌O Bo‌x 1‌947, Fariba‌ult, M‌N 55‌021 or by calling 1‌-87‌7-5‌52-1‌284. The earliest deadline to file a claim is Aug‌ust 31, 2015, or 6‌0 d‌ays after the settlement becomes final and effective. Visit the website for more details on submitting a claim online or by mail.

Even if you do nothing, you will be bound by the Court’s decisions. If you want to keep your right to sue the Sony Entities yourself, you must exclude yourself from the Settlement Class by Apr‌il 1‌0, 20‌15. If you stay in the Settlement Class, you may object to the settlement by Ap‌ril 1‌0, 20‌15. For instructions on how to exclude yourself from the Class or object to the settlement, please see here.

The Court will hold a hearing in this case on M‌ay 1, 20‌15, to consider whether to approve the settlement, and a request by Class Counsel for fees, costs, and expenses up to $2,750,000. You or your own lawyer may appear and speak at the hearing at your own expense.

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