Court Approves Sony Settlement In 2011 PSN Data Breach Caseby Mike Futter on July 23, 2014 at 08:21 PM
The US District Court for the Southern District of California has preliminarily approved a settlement over the 2011 PlayStation Network data breach, which took the service down for weeks. The cash value of the settlement could be as much as $17.75 million.
The settlement includes an offer of a PS3 or PSP game, PS3 themes, or three months of PlayStation Plus membership. Sony’s settlement offer includes a number of tiers depending on whether users took advantage of the “Welcome Back” game offer that was made available in 2011.
Users that did take advantage can choose one of these groups. Those that did not can choose two. Eight PlayStation 3 games, including Dead Nation, Infamous, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD, and Rain will be offered. Six PlayStation Portable titles, including LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, Patapon 3, and Killzone Liberation are included. The remaining, yet to be named titles, will be at least six months old from the time the formal settlement notification is posted.
There are caps on the different groups. Once $6 million of claims in the non-Welcome Back group and $4 million in the Welcome Back group are reached, claimants will be awarded a one month PlayStation Plus membership.
Additionally, those Sony Online Entertainment users that were affected can get $4.50 in Station Cash. The cap on this category is $4 million, and if claims exceed that amount, all users will have deposits reduced proportionally to accommodate the group.
The settlement also has a provision for identity theft protection reimbursements of up to $1 million for the group. If you can evidence that your identity was compromised due to the breach, you can submit a claim for up to $2,500.
There are also stipulations for those that had unused wallet currency and did not use it because of the intrusion (due to account lapse or deactivation). Additionally, there are mechanisms to reimburse Qriocity music service users that were paying at the time.
Attorney fees are covered in the settlement, and the many firms involved will be paid $2.75 million. We’ve reached out to Sony for comment and will update should we receive a response.