Now that the gaming world is settling down a little bit after the 23-day outage of the PlayStation Network a couple months ago, the lawsuits are starting to appear. Get ready for protracted legal kerfuffles, gamers!
A class-action lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court in San Diego (specifically, Felix Cortorreal, Jacques Daoud Jr. and Jimmy Cortorreal, on Behalf of Themselves and All Others Similarly Situated v. Sony Corporation Inc. et al, 11-1369) alleges that Sony laid off a number of employees responsible for network security a few weeks before the PlayStation Network went down. Citing a "confidential witness," the action contends that Sony pink-slipped "a substantial percentage" of its Sony Online Entertainment workforce, including "a number" of employees in its Network Operations Center.
The suit also contends that Sony also "spent lavishly" on security to protect its own corporate information (installing firewalls and other security measures) to protect its own sensitive data, but didn't extend those same lavish protections to their customers' information.
As of yet, Sony hasn't commented publicly on the suit, but we'll let you know of any new developments as they become available. Until then, check out our PlayStation Notwork coverage.