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A federal class action lawsuit has been brought against Square Enix by a Final Fantasy XI player, seeking more than $5 million for what is alleged to be "unfair business practices, false advertising and unjust enrichment".

http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3174941

Digg it: http://digg.com/gaming_news/Square_Enix_Sued_for_Deceiving_Customers
« Last Edit: June 25, 2009, 12:52:19 pm by Chrono'99 »

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Re: Square Enix Sued for Unfair Business Practices, Unjust Enrichment
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2009, 11:40:25 am »
Good. Keep their friggin' lawyers busy with something constructive to do for a while...

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Re: Square Enix Sued for Unfair Business Practices, Unjust Enrichment
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2009, 12:24:14 pm »
Hahahaa...this is quite amusing. It seems like a frivolous lawsuit, but perhaps it could get more interesting as we see the suit progress...

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Re: Square Enix Sued for Unfair Business Practices, Unjust Enrichment
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2009, 01:30:43 pm »
what are the odds to this! XD Wow...

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Re: Square Enix Sued for Unfair Business Practices, Unjust Enrichment
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2009, 01:44:39 pm »
actually to me it seems kindof stupid.

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Re: Square Enix Sued for Unfair Business Practices, Unjust Enrichment
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2009, 01:49:15 pm »
Wowzers, I don't foresee SE losing, but the fans really are starting to turn on 'em, eh? I wonder how this will all play out, will SE actually go to court on this or will there be an out of court settlement. Hell, are more fans gonna turn on the company too? What a wonderful world.

Here's a link to the court filing, for those interested.

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Re: Square Enix Sued for Unfair Business Practices, Unjust Enrichment
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2009, 01:57:47 pm »
I'm in support of SE on this one.

I mean, it is a perfectly good lawsuit... but seriously, 5 mil?  uh-uh, not going for that. 

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Re: Square Enix Sued for Unfair Business Practices, Unjust Enrichment
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2009, 02:09:23 pm »
This........will be a pleasant thought for weeks to come.

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Re: Square Enix Sued for Unfair Business Practices, Unjust Enrichment
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2009, 02:25:04 pm »
Gasp, SE's lawyers are engaged in frivolous legal actions?! That is so terribly unlike them.

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Re: Square Enix Sued for Unfair Business Practices, Unjust Enrichment
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2009, 02:28:07 pm »
Looks like $150k won't be enough for them if the court takes this to trial. IF being the key word.

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Re: Square Enix Sued for Unfair Business Practices, Unjust Enrichment
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2009, 02:35:11 pm »
Hehe, Karma. They give us a C&D, they get a lawsuit.

I mean, it is a perfectly good lawsuit... but seriously, 5 mil?  uh-uh, not going for that. 

Well, the report did say that SE cheated over 100,000 customers out of there money. Maybe they 5mil isn't just for the one guy but for everyone that was decieved.

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Re: Square Enix Sued for Unfair Business Practices, Unjust Enrichment
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2009, 02:42:35 pm »
Could the C&D against CE be used as evidence of "unfair business practices?"  Also, mav, is "unjust enrichment" related to the concept of "positive harm" as you understand it? It's pretty mindblowing to me.

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Re: Square Enix Sued for Unfair Business Practices, Unjust Enrichment
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2009, 02:47:54 pm »
Hehe, Karma. They give us a C&D, they get a lawsuit.

I mean, it is a perfectly good lawsuit... but seriously, 5 mil?  uh-uh, not going for that. 

Well, the report did say that SE cheated over 100,000 customers out of there money. Maybe they 5mil isn't just for the one guy but for everyone that was decieved.
Well when it says the kid who's suing will be passing out checks to all those 100,000 customers, lemme know and I'll support.

Until then, what could be used as a great case against SE just seems to me like a greedy kid who just found his way in.

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Re: Square Enix Sued for Unfair Business Practices, Unjust Enrichment
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2009, 02:58:12 pm »
Well when it says the kid who's suing will be passing out checks to all those 100,000 customers, lemme know and I'll support.

Until then, what could be used as a great case against SE just seems to me like a greedy kid who just found his way in.

A federal class action lawsuit...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Class_action_lawsuit
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Re: Square Enix Sued for Unfair Business Practices, Unjust Enrichment
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2009, 03:03:12 pm »
I noticed some of this when I was playing FFXI. I left for a few months and came back only to find out I  had to pay extra to start my account back up  :x.  There was something else that they tacked on a hidden fee that I didn't see until I got my credit report that I can't remember right now... so this doesn't surprise me. I'm sure they had these fees mentioned in some legal thing you have to agree to when you make a payment. 

as to the accuser not knowing FFXI was an mmo... thats their own dam fault, it mentions it right on the box.