Ontario Court to Decide First Class Action Suit Against Sony in Canada

May 3, 2011 -

Toronto is the location of the latest class action suit against Sony launched on behalf of one million Canadian consumers for security breaches of the company's PlayStation Network and Qricoity. The class action alleges a breach of privacy and negligence on the part of Sony. The class action suit is seeking in excess of $1 billion in damages and is fronted by plaintiff Natasha Maksimovic, a 21-year-old Humber College student. Maksimovic describes herself as an avid PlayStation player and Sony e-reader user.

She filed her suit because she was concerned that Sony's security breach would have a dramatic impact on her privacy and her finances.

"I’m very loyal to Sony," she said in a phone interview with the Star. "I buy a lot of their products. I trust their brand. It’s kind of disappointing. I’m disappointed in the company to have something like this happen."

"If you can’t trust a huge multinational corporation like Sony to protect your private information, who can you trust?," she added in an separate statement on the matter. "It appears to me that Sony focuses more on protecting its games than its PlayStation users."

The law firm of McPhadden Samac Tuovi has filed against Sony Japan, Sony USA, Sony Canada and other Sony entities. The damages include having Sony pay the costs of credit monitoring services and fraud insurance coverage for two years.

An Ontario court has to decide whether to certify the proposed class action and allow the case to proceed, according Zoran Samac, one of the lawyers handling the class action suit.

The law suit alleges that "Sony was aware that such information had been stolen but failed to advise users of PlayStation and Qriocity in a timely fashion." We will continue to follow this story as it develops.

Source: The Star


 
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