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Another Microsoft Class-Action

posted Sunday Nov 22, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Another Microsoft Class-Action

I love unsolicited class-action lawsuits. There is nothing that proves our legal system is broken more than a law firm filing a class-action lawsuit without actually having anyone come to them and claim damages. This time, Abington IP has decided to file suit against Microsoft on behalf of all banned Xbox Live accounts.

That's right, if you modded your Xbox 360 and were banned from Xbox Live, you might be in for some money. If you were banned because you went snooping through another 360 without permission, it turns out you were wronged. Why, you may ask, does this firm believe you were wronged? Because of the timing, apparently.

The firm plans to argue that "Microsoft 'conveniently' timed the Xbox console ban to coincide with the release of the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 game and less than two months after the release of the very popular Halo 3: ODST game." So, basically, because Microsoft wanted to prevent cheating in the new batch of games, they did you wrong by waiting this long to ban you. Interesting logic, guys.

We will, of course, keep tabs on this story, and see where it goes (to space) and keep you posted on further developments. For now, though, what is your take on the whole situation? Is Microsoft wrong for having waited this long to ban users, or is this law firm looking to cash in on a non-issue? Weigh in in the comments section.


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