Sony Faces Suits Over PlayStation Breach

Originally published April 29, 2011

By Ian Sherr

Plaintiffs lawyers are targeting Sony Corp. with class-action suits after a breach of the company’s online-game network compromised the personal information of millions of users.

In one lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court’s Northern District of California, videogame player Kristopher Johns said Sony’s security was negligently poor and the company failed to encrypt personal information.

The lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday against Sony’s U.S. entertainment unit and seeks class-action status, also alleges Sony failed to notify customers of the breach in a timely manner.

“This has caused, and continues to cause, millions of consumers fear, apprehension, and damage,” the filing said.


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(Published April 29, 2011, on The Wall Street Journal website.)