Sony's 'Do-Not-Sue' PlayStation Network Provision Attracts Inevitable Lawsuit

Sony's change to the terms and conditions associated with the use of its PlayStation Network service for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita consoles to 'ban' suing the company has had a predictable effect: the company has been sued.

According to GameSpot, a Northern Carolina man has filed suit against Sony alleging that the company has engaged in unfair business practices in demanding that consumers sign away their right to engage in class-action lawsuit activity against the company in order to continue using the PSN service.

The suit, which - naturally - seeks a class-action status covering all US consumers who purchased a PlayStation 3 with PlayStation Network access prior to the changes made to the terms and conditions in September - has so far not received an official response from Sony.

The suit may struggle, however, as despite some disingenuity on Sony's part - with the changes buried at the bottom of a 21-page form only accessible via the consoles themselves - Sony has allowed customers to opt out of the clause by applying in writing within 30 days of the change.