Sony Settles Rootkit Lawsuit with 40+ U.S. States for $5.75M (and Climbing)
This is an evolving story. Over the last couple weeks news reports have covered the growing number of U.S. states settling with Sony over the Rootkit debacle (see stories linked below). The number of states and the dollar value appears to be growing, but it seems clear that Sony is quickly putting this behind them.
Under the settlement, SONY BMG must provide refunds up to $175 to all consumers who experienced harm to their computers when they sought to remove the DRM software. Refund claims may be submitted to SONY BMG through this claims page.
Some reports indicated that Sony is in final settlement discussions with the FTC on this matter as well.
- Sony Settles Rootkit Lawsuit with 40+ U.S. States for $5.75M (and Climbing) (December 27, 2006)
- Sony Rootkit Settlement Faces Opposition in Canada (September 19, 2006)
- Sony Rootkit DRM Settlement Passes Final Legal Hurdle (May 23, 2006)
- Sony Settles Class Action Law Suits over Rootkit DRM (December 29, 2005)
- Texas Saddles Another Claim on Sony (December 23, 2005)
- My Morning Jacket Burns New CDs for Fans Replacing Sony's CDs with Rootkits (December 15, 2005)
- Texas Sues Sony BMG for 'spyware' on CDs (November 21, 2005)
- Sony folds Tent, Recalls CDs (November 16, 2005)
- Fallout from Sony CD Flap Getting Worse (November 15, 2005)
- Sony Bows to Pressure and Abandons DRM Rootkit Technology (November 11, 2005)
- Sony Faces Class Action Law Suit over Rootkit DRM (November 10, 2005)
- Sony Caught using Rootkit DRM (November 3, 2005)