Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over PS3 Failures

Posted Tue Oct 6, 2009 at 12:15 PM PDT by Mike Attebery

Sony is now facing a class action lawsuit based on the allegation that a recent patch to the Playstation 3 has created hardware failures.

We reported last week that a not insignificant number of PS3 systems have experienced optical drive failure after installation of a recent patch. Today it was reported that a PS3 owner named John Kennedy has filed a class action suit against Sony for the failures. Among the accusations are complaints for breach of warranty, negligence, and negligent misrepresentation.

The 3.0 firmware update for the PS3 was a mandatory upgrade, and is viewed as responsible for causing systems to freeze while playing games, and even stopping the system from recognizing the optical drive. Sony confirmed that the 3.0 firmware affected systems on its blog shortly after the update, though no specifics were given, stating “SCEA is aware of reports that PS3 owners are experiencing isolated issues with their PS3 system since installing the most recent system software update.”

A further firmware update is alleged to have caused even more problems. What prompted the suit though was Sony’s statement that the plaintiff in this case would need to pay $150 to have his system fixed.

Sony has not yet released an official statement regarding the suit.

Source: Courthouse News

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