Sony PlayStation Network Hack Settlement Payout Announced for PSN Subscribers
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As we told you in 2011, the reason that the 2011 Sony network hack was so critical was that it affected anybody who had ever had any transaction with Sony online. Which is why the class who qualifies to participate in the settlement is so large, comprising anybody who had an account with Sony at any time prior to May 15, 2011.

And, while it may seem like it must be more than coincidence that the announcement of the settlement payout comes a mere month after the Sony The Interview hacking debacle, in fact the settlement was arrived at last July.


So here is the bottom line: If you had an account on any of the PlayStation Network, Qriocity, or the Sony Online Entertainment networks, at any time before May 15, 2011, you may qualify to receive one or more of the following:

    Payment equal to paid wallet balances (if $2 or more) in PSN or SOE accounts that have been inactive since the Intrusions
    One or more of the following: a free PS3 or PSP game, 3 free PS3 themes, or a free 3-month subscription to PlayStation Plus (once valid claims exceed $10 million, class members will still be eligible for one free month of PlayStation Plus)
    A free month of Music Unlimited for Qriocity account holders who did not have a PSN account
    $4.50 in SOE Station Cash (amounts will be reduced proportionally if valid claims exceed $4 million)
    Identity Theft Reimbursement: If you had out-of-pocket charges due to actual identity theft, and have documentation proving that the theft was caused by the Intrusion(s), you can submit a claim for reimbursement up to $2,500.

But to qualify for any of this, you have to submit a claim (see information below). Also, there is a finite pool of settlement cash, and it’s sort of first come, first served. As the announcement below from Sony says, “Reimbursements will be reduced proportionally if the total amount payable on all valid claims would exceed $1 million.”

Here is the full announcement, with all of the information in terms of what you need to do to take part in the settlement.

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If You Had a PlayStation Network, Qriocity, or Sony Online Entertainment Account Before May 15, 2011, You Could Get Benefits from a Class Action Settlement.

A settlement has been reached with the Sony Entities about the illegal and unauthorized attacks (the “Intrusions”) in April 2011, on the computer network systems used to provide PlayStation Network (“PSN”), Qriocity, and Sony Online Entertainment (“SOE”) services. The Sony Entities deny any claims of wrongdoing in this case, and the settlement does not mean that the Sony Entities violated any laws or did anything wrong.

Who is included? The Class includes everyone in the US (including its territories) who had a PSN account, a Qriocity account, or an SOE account at any time before May 15, 2011.

 

What does the settlement provide?

There are various benefits, depending in part on what type of account(s) you had. Benefits you could get (if you qualify) include:

Payment equal to paid wallet balances (if $2 or more) in PSN or SOE accounts that have been inactive since the Intrusions,

One or more of the following: a free PS3 or PSP game, 3 free PS3 themes, or a free 3-month subscription to PlayStation Plus (once valid claims exceed $10 million, class members will still be eligible for one free month of PlayStation Plus),

A free month of Music Unlimited for Qriocity account holders who did not have a PSN account,

$4.50 in SOE Station Cash (amounts will be reduced proportionally if valid claims exceed $4 million).

Identity Theft Reimbursement: If you had out-of-pocket charges due to actual identity theft, and have documentation proving that the theft was caused by the Intrusion(s), you can submit a claim for reimbursement up to $2,500.

Reimbursements will be reduced proportionally if the total amount payable on all valid claims would exceed $1 million.

How can I get benefits? To get benefits, you must file a claim form. Claim forms are available at WWW.PSNSOESETTLEMENT.COM. You can also request claim forms from the Claims Administrator by writing to PSN-SOE Settlement, PO Box 1947, Faribault, MN 55021 or by calling 1-877-552-1284. The earliest deadline to file a claim is August 31, 2015, or 60 days after the settlement becomes final and effective. Visit the website for more details on submitting a claim online or by mail.

Your other options. Even if you do nothing, you will be bound by the Court’s decisions. If you want to keep your right to sue the Sony Entities yourself, you must exclude yourself from the Settlement Class by April 10, 2015. If you stay in the Settlement Class, you may object to the settlement by April 10, 2015. For instructions on how to exclude yourself from the Class or object to the settlement, please see WWW.PSNSOESETTLEMENT.COM.

The Court will hold a hearing in this case on May 1, 2015, to consider whether to approve the settlement, and a request by Class Counsel for fees, costs, and expenses up to $2,750,000. You or your own lawyer may appear and speak at the hearing at your own expense.

For more information or Claim Forms:
WWW.PSNSOESETTLEMENT.COM or 1-877-552-1284
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