Fat PlayStation 3 Class Action Lawsuit Regarding Other OS Has Reached a Settlement

September 30, 2016 Written by Keri Honea

PS3 Class Action Lawsuit

A settlement has been proposed and filed for the class-action lawsuit, In re Sony PS3 “Other OS” Litigation, with the United States District Court, Northern District of California. The lawsuit was originally filed over Sony’s decision to remove the Other OS functionality from the original PlayStation 3, also known as the “Fat PS3.” This function allowed users to run Linux on the Fat PS3 platform. Sony removed it in Firmware Update 3.21 that was released on April 1, 2010.

If the court approves the settlement, Class Members to the lawsuit will be able to submit a claim for benefits.

This litigation involves two classes. Consumer Class A is all persons in the United States who purchased a Fat PS3 between November 1, 2006 and April 1, 2010 from an authorized retailer for family, personal and/or household use and used the Other OS functionality after installation of a Linux operating system. Consumer Class B is all persons in the United States who purchased a Fat PS3 between November 1, 2006 and April 1, 2010 from an authorized retailer for family, personal and/or household use. The benefit for both classes is monetary, $55 (for Consumer Class A) or $9 (for Consumer Class B). The deadline for submitting claim forms is December 7, 2016. Claim forms and exemplars of acceptable forms of proof of use for each category in Consumer Class A are available on the Settlement Website or may be obtained by calling the Settlement Administrator.

Anyone who wishes to be excluded from the settlement may do so by sending your name, address, Fat PS3 serial number, PSN Network ID, and a statement of your exclusion wish to the Settlement Administrator. All information on contacting the Settlement Administrator can be found on the official Other OS Settlement website. All exclusion requests and objections to the settlement must be submitted to the Settlement Administrator by December 7, 2016. Those who do not act at all or object to the settlement cannot later sue the Sony Computer Entertainment Association.

The Other OS Settlement website has complete information on the lawsuit, including all court documents, FAQs, and settlement info if you’re eligible to claim any settlement benefits.

[Source: Other OS Settlement]