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PSN-SOE Canada Settlement

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I received this email today from Sony regarding the security breach back in 2011, This is for Canadian users only I believe.

 

LEGAL NOTICE 

If you had a PlayStation Network account, a Qriocity account, or a Sony Online Entertainment account at any time before May 15, 2011, you could get benefits from a class action settlement. 

A settlement has been reached with the Sony Entities in a class action lawsuit about the illegal and unauthorized attacks in April of 2011 on the computer network systems used to provide the PlayStation Network ("PSN"), Qriocity, and Sony Online Entertainment ("SOE") services (the "Intrusions"). The settlement provides benefits to eligible Canadian consumers who file a valid claim. 

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice will have a hearing to decide whether to give final approval to the settlement, so that the benefits can be issued. The included consumers have legal rights and options, such as excluding themselves from the settlement, or alternatively, objecting to and/or submitting a claim for benefits from the settlement. 

The Sony Entities deny any claims of wrongdoing in this case, and the settlement does not mean that the Sony Entities violated any laws or did anything wrong. 

WHO'S INCLUDED? 

The Class includes everyone who resides in Canada who had a PSN account, a Qriocity account, or an SOE account at any time prior to May 15, 2011. 

WHAT DOES THE SETTLEMENT PROVIDE? 

There are various benefits, depending in part on what type of account(s) you had: 

Inactive PlayStation Network Accountholders: 

If you used any of your PSN accounts any time from January 1, 2011 through May 14, 2011, but you did not use them after that through January 24, 2013 because of the Intrusions, you can get a payment equal to any balance of paid virtual currency in your account wallet if that balance is at least U.S. $2. 

Active PlayStation Network Accountholders: 

a) If you paid other companies for certain media services that you could not access through the PSN during the PSN outage from April 20 through May 14, 2011, you can get 3 free PS3 themes or a 50% discount on PlayStation Plus for 3 months. Up to U.S. $100,000 in total benefits will be available, on a first-come, first-served basis. 

b) If you participated in the PSN "Welcome Back" program that followed the April 2011 service outage, you can get either a free game for your PS3 or PSP, 3 free PS3 themes, or a 50% discount on PlayStation Plus for 3 months. If you did not participate in the PSN "Welcome Back" program, you can submit a claim for two of the above benefits. Up to U.S. $1 million in these benefits will be available, on a first-come, first-served basis; claimants who file claims thereafter can get a 50% discount on PlayStation Plus for one month. 

Qriocity Accountholders: 

If you were not a PSN accountholder but you had a Qriocity account at the time of the April 2011 service outage, you can get one free month of Music Unlimited. 

Inactive Sony Online Entertainment Accountholders: 

If you used any of your SOE accounts at any time from January 1 through May 14, 2011, but you did not use them after that through January 24, 2013 because of the Intrusions, you can get a payment equal to any balance of paid virtual currency in your account wallet if that balance is at least U.S. $2. 

Active Sony Online Entertainment Accountholders: 

You can get a deposit of U.S. $4.50 in "Station Cash" into that account, usable for SOE digital products and services. Deposits will be reduced proportionally if total deposits exceed U.S. $240,000 in benefits. 

Identity Theft Reimbursement Claims: 

If you incurred out-of-pocket charges due to actual identity theft and submit documentation proving by a preponderance of the evidence that the intrusion(s) directly and proximately caused the identity theft, you can submit a claim for reimbursement up to $2,500. Reimbursements will be reduced proportionally if the amount payable on all valid claims exceeds U.S. $90,000. 

For more information, including limitations and conditions on all of these benefits, read the detailed notice at 

www.PSN-SOE-CanadaSettlement.com 

HOW DO YOU ASK FOR BENEFITS? 

Eligible Class Members can call 1-877-389-4482 or go to www.PSN-SOE-CanadaSettlement.comfor a claim form, then fill it out, sign it, include the documentation it requires, and mail it to the address on the form. Deadlines to make a claim for benefits will start 60 days after the settlement becomes effective. 

DO I HAVE A LAWYER IN THIS CASE? 

The Court has appointed Bryan C. McPhadden, McPhadden Samac Tuovi LLP of Toronto, Ontario; Stephen Osborne, Merchant Law Group LLP of St. Catharines, Ontario; Careen Hannouche, Lauzon Bélanger Lespérance Inc. of Montreal, Quebec; and David Assor, Lex Group Inc. of Montreal, Quebec as "Class Counsel" to represent you and other Class Members. You will not be charged for these lawyers. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer in this case, you may hire one at your own expense. 

YOUR OTHER OPTIONS. 

If you do not want to be legally bound by the settlement, you must opt out by May 20, 2013, or you will not be able to sue, or continue to sue, the Sony companies regarding the legal claims this settlement resolves, ever again. If you opt out, you cannot get any benefits from the settlement. If you do not opt out, you will be able to participate in the settlement if it is approved by the Court. If you do not opt out, you may also object to the settlement by May 20, 2013. The detailed notice explains how to exclude yourself or object. 

The Court will hold a hearing in this case, known as Maksimovic v. Sony of Canada Ltd. et al., Court File No. CV-11 425487-00CP, on June 10, 2013, to consider whether to approve the settlement, including Class Counsel fees, costs, taxes and disbursements of U.S. $265,000. You or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the hearing at your own cost, but you do not have to. For more information, go to the website shown above, which has a copy of the detailed notice. 

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PSN Canada Class Action Settlement legit?

Apr 18, 2013

got an email claiming to be from sony...
LEGAL NOTICE

If you had a PlayStation Network account, a Qriocity account, or a Sony Online Entertainment account at any time before May 15, 2011, you could get benefits from a class action settlement.

A settlement has been reached with the Sony Entities in a class action lawsuit about the illegal and unauthorized attacks in April of 2011 on the computer network systems used to provide the PlayStation Network ("PSN"), Qriocity, and Sony Online Entertainment ("SOE") services (the "Intrusions"). The settlement provides benefits to eligible Canadian consumers who file a valid claim. 

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice will have a hearing to decide whether to give final approval to the settlement, so that the benefits can be issued. The included consumers have legal rights and options, such as excluding themselves from the settlement, or alternatively, objecting to and/or submitting a claim for benefits from the settlement. 

The Sony Entities deny any claims of wrongdoing in this case, and the settlement does not mean that the Sony Entities violated any laws or did anything wrong.

WHO'S INCLUDED?

The Class includes everyone who resides in Canada who had a PSN account, a Qriocity account, or an SOE  account at any time prior to May 15, 2011. 

WHAT DOES THE SETTLEMENT PROVIDE?

There are various benefits, depending in part on what type of account(s) you had:

Inactive PlayStation Network Accountholders:

If you used any of your PSN accounts any time from January 1, 2011 through May 14, 2011, but you did not use them after that through January 24, 2013 because of the Intrusions, you can get a payment equal to any balance of paid virtual currency in your account wallet if that balance is at least U.S. $2.  

Active PlayStation Network Accountholders:

a) If you paid other companies for certain media services that you could not access through the PSN during the PSN outage from April 20 through May 14, 2011, you can get 3 free PS3 themes or a 50% discount on PlayStation Plus for 3 months.  Up to U.S. $100,000 in total benefits will be available, on a first-come, first-served basis.

b) If you participated in the PSN "Welcome Back" program that followed the April 2011 service outage, you can get either a free game for your PS3 or PSP, 3 free PS3 themes, or a 50% discount on PlayStation Plus for 3 months.  If you did not participate in the PSN "Welcome Back" program, you can submit a claim for two of the above benefits.  Up to U.S. $1 million in these benefits will be available, on a first-come, first-served basis; claimants who file claims thereafter can get a 50% discount on PlayStation Plus for one month. 

Qriocity Accountholders:

If you were not a PSN accountholder but you had a Qriocity account at the time of the April 2011 service outage, you can get one free month of Music Unlimited.

Inactive Sony Online Entertainment Accountholders:

If you used any of your SOE accounts at any time from January 1 through May 14, 2011, but you did not use them after that through January 24, 2013 because of the Intrusions, you can get a payment equal to any balance of paid virtual currency in your account wallet if that balance is at least U.S. $2. 

Active Sony Online Entertainment Accountholders:

You can get a deposit of U.S. $4.50 in "Station Cash" into that account, usable for SOE digital products and services. Deposits will be reduced proportionally if total deposits exceed U.S. $240,000 in benefits. 

Identity Theft Reimbursement Claims: 

If you incurred out-of-pocket charges due to actual identity theft and submit documentation proving by a preponderance of the evidence that the intrusion(s) directly and proximately caused the identity theft, you can submit a claim for reimbursement up to $2,500.  Reimbursements will be reduced proportionally if the amount payable on all valid claims exceeds U.S. $90,000.

For more information, including limitations and conditions on all of these benefits, read the detailed notice at

www.PSN-SOE-CanadaSettlement.com

HOW DO YOU ASK FOR BENEFITS?

          Eligible Class Members can call 1-877-389-4482 or go to www.PSN-SOE-CanadaSettlement.com for a claim form, then fill it out, sign it, include the documentation it requires, and mail it to the address on the form.  Deadlines to make a claim for benefits will start 60 days after the settlement becomes effective.

DO I HAVE A LAWYER IN THIS CASE?

The Court has appointed Bryan C. McPhadden, McPhadden Samac Tuovi LLP of Toronto, Ontario; Stephen Osborne, Merchant Law Group LLP of St. Catharines, Ontario; Careen Hannouche, Lauzon Bélanger Lespérance Inc. of Montreal, Quebec; and David Assor, Lex Group Inc. of Montreal, Quebec as "Class Counsel" to represent you and other Class Members. You will not be charged for these lawyers. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer in this case, you may hire one at your own expense. 

YOUR OTHER OPTIONS.

If you do not want to be legally bound by the settlement, you must opt out by May 20, 2013, or you will not be able to sue, or continue to sue, the Sony companies regarding the legal claims this settlement resolves, ever again. If you opt out, you cannot get any benefits from the settlement. If you do not opt out, you will be able to participate in the settlement if it is approved by the Court. If you do not opt out, you may also object to the settlement by May 20, 2013. The detailed notice explains how to exclude yourself or object. 

The Court will hold a hearing in this case, known as Maksimovic v. Sony of Canada Ltd. et al., Court File No. CV-11 425487-00CP, on June 10, 2013, to consider whether to approve the settlement, including Class Counsel fees, costs, taxes and disbursements of U.S. $265,000. You or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the hearing at your own cost, but you do not have to. For more information, go to the website shown above, which has a copy of the detailed notice.          


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Re: PSN Canada Class Action Settlement legit?

Apr 18, 2013

 Dont sound like it worth it  if alot people get  into  all your going to get is like $1.50-22$ cent becuase it has a slump sum amount  which the total amout for all that comes to claim.

 

 pretty stupid to sue  when they better lawyers and get nothingout of it.. group actions suits are not really worth it.  waste of time in my opinon.  yes you won but what good  is 1.50$ you cant even buy a hot dog for that.

 

 

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care less about the money....but looks like the settlement includes free games or themes whether you already took part in welcome back program or not....just that if you did you only get 1 game or 3 themes


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care less about the money....but looks like the settlement includes free games or themes whether you already took part in welcome back program or not....just that if you did you only get 1 game or 3 themes


 it will be  the same games and themes they offered. BUt  Its does have a good side to it when you put it that way..

 

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I received it as well, and honestly don't care. I moved on from an event that happened two years ago.
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Yeah, got this as well in my e-mail (Canadian account).

 

A real whop-dee-doo!   Three, count 'em, three, no less than 3 PS3 themes!  I'm underwhelmed.  I really cannot fathom how I am going to pick three themes to covet and call my own.  Maybe I'll name one George and hug him and squeeze him.....oh I digress.

 

One free game, OK, I'll take that.  Hopefully they'll have something of interest to offer.

 

50% off PS Plus for three months, not for me.

 

So since, as an active account holder who did take part in the "Welcome Back" program out of the options above I think I know which way I'm going.

 

What will be interesting is to see the mad rush of claims for the $100k for media services and $90k for identity theft fees.

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I'm opting out. I know it wasn't Sony's fault, and I lost nothing over it. I'm surprised this law suit is actually happening.

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If I do nothing what will happen, as in do I have to send an opt out form/claim form?

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W1Z4RDRY wrote:

I'm opting out. I know it wasn't Sony's fault, and I lost nothing over it. I'm surprised this law suit is actually happening.


How was this not Sony's fault?  When they were repeatedly warned that they had security holes, with explicit details on how to patch them, for months before the attacks, and they refused to do so.

 

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