Law Firm Mulls Class Action Suit Over Modded Xboxes


Posted November 20, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

Microsoft Banning Xbox 360 ModdersYou know all those Xbox Live users who were banned  from the network recently for, apparently, connecting modified 360s to Live? Law firm Abington IP is considering filing a class action lawsuit against Microsoft on behalf of interested/eligible ban-ees.

Abington's website is looking for you if you:

"Are an Xbox Live subscriber, had your modified Xbox console banned from Xbox Live, were not refunded a prorated sum for the time left on your subscription or have experienced other problems as a result of being banned, and would like to participate in a class action against Microsoft"

The site also compares the mass-bannination to Microsoft using the "most indiscriminate 'weapons' in its arsenal in an effort to combat piracy," resulting in "a great deal of collateral damage."

I spoke to an attorney at Abington to get a little more info on the potential lawsuit, and he wasn't offering anything on-the-record about the action, so it looks like we're going to have to wait a bit to see how things shape up.

I've heard from a few TheFeed readers who purchased used Xboxes that they didn't know were modded, and subsequently had their Live accounts banned, but, so far, I haven't seen a whole lot of evidence of people saying they've been banned for no reason. But that doesn't mean they're not out there.

If I were the head of Microsoft, I wouldn't ban anyone unless I absolutely had to. Money talks, after all, and if you're paying for Gold service, I'd want to keep your dough flowing in, but hey, I'm just some jerk posting on a blog as opposed to the head of a big company, so what do I know?

But if I bought some music and some movies on Live, and then I was banned for something not having to do with movies or music, I'd probably want "my" property back.

How about you? Know anyone who's been banned from Live for any reason? What do you think about this potential lawsuit? 

Law Firm Mulls Class Action Suit Over Modded Xboxes


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