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June 15, 2011

Sony Security Breach: Lawsuits filed after Sony PlayStation Network hacked

Motley Rice LLC is involved in a putative class action lawsuit against gaming company Sony on behalf of PlayStation users and purchasers who allege that a recent breach of the online PlayStation Network and Qriocity service compromised their personal and financial information, including names, addresses, email addresses, passwords, logins, security questions and credit card data.

The case, Mitchell v. Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC, et al., No. 11-03601, was filed on April 27, 2011, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on behalf of people in the United States whose privacy rights were allegedly violated or who may have been exposed to the risk of fraud or identity theft.

The plaintiff and putative class members are represented by Motley Rice and co-counsel Ridout & Lyon LLP, Zimmerman Reed PLLP and Herman Gerel LLP.

Since Sony acknowledged on April 26, 2011, that some users' account information was compromised between April 17, 2011, and April 19, 2011 — a breach potentially affecting more than 70 million users worldwide — multiple lawsuits have been filed against the company for its alleged failure to protect users' personal data.

Read more about the Sony lawsuit in a full article featured by Reuters.

If you maintained a subscription to and were a member of the PlayStation Network/Qriocity Service between April 17 and April 19, 2011, and believe your personal and financial data was compromised, you may be eligible to participate in the Sony putative class action lawsuit. If you are interested in learning more about your legal rights, please email us.