A California district court judge is dismissing many of the biggest claims against Sony in a US class action lawsuit stemming from the April, 2011 hack of the company's PSN service. In a 36-page order, Judge Anthony Battaglia dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims that Sony acted negligently and violated California’s consumer protection laws, denying claims for both restitution and injunctive relief.
No evidence of a real economic loss
The plaintiffs claimed that despite earlier security breaches and a knowledge that its network was vulnerable to attack, Sony put their personal information at unnecessary risk by failing to implement industry standard safeguards. But Battaglia found that the plaintiffs have failed to show a clearly identifiable economic loss from the data breach, dashing hopes for a finding of negligence, although it will be possible for the plaintiffs to amend and resubmit.