Pokemon GO Hit With Class Action Lawsuit

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Niantic, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company face a class-action lawsuit from a couple who are upset about Pokemon GO players trespassing on their property.

About two weeks ago, Pokemon GO developer Niantic began aggressively removing Pokestops if it was known that players were causing a problem in the area. It’s probably not a coincidence that the move came after Niantic, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company were all sued by a man who didn’t want gamers trespassing on his property.

Unfortunately, Niantic’s attempt to alleviate some of the issues caused by Pokemon GO players apparently hasn’t been enough to please everyone. The Detroit Free Press reports that a couple from St. Clair Shores has filed a lawsuit against the developer for largely the same reasons as the lawsuit reported weeks ago: Scott and Jayme Dodich are annoyed that the game keeps drawing people to a park located near their home.

What makes this lawsuit a little different than the prior one is that the Dodich family is seeking to make their case a class-action lawsuit. This would provide an opportunity for additional private citizens who are fed up with the game to join the case. GameSpot notes that the lawsuit asks that a share of Pokemon GO‘s revenue be given to residents whose properties have helped fuel the game’s popularity.

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That’s bad news for Niantic, as well as Nintendo and The Pokemon Company, who are also named in the suit. It’s been widely publicized that Pokemon GO made more than $200 million during its first month and the game continues to top the revenue charts on the app stores. All of that money has apparently made the game a target for some disgruntled citizens and their attorneys.

“Nobody gets sleep anymore,” the lawsuit reads. “How is this acceptable? … (Players) hang out on our lawns, trample landscaping, look in vehicles … We don’t feel safe … I don’t feel safe sitting on our porch.”

Niantic has said it will try and be more careful about where it puts Pokestops and Gyms going forward but that might not do much to appease landowners who feel like they’ve been wronged. The Dodiches are also asking the court to stop Niantic from putting Pokemon on or near private properties unless they have the owner’s blessing. Considering that Pokestops and Pokemon are literally everywhere, the logistics of this could be game-breaking if the court agrees.

The game has also seen some recent backlash from employers who have noticed the game causing potential problems and one country banned Pokemon GO completely. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the coming months, but for now, Pokemon GO remains a mostly positive success story for Niantic and Nintendo.

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Source: Detroit Free Press (via GameSpot)