Do you remember that once upon a time you could install Linux on your PS3? No? Well what if we jogged your memory with the option of a 50% refund for its removal? Ah, we’ve got your attention now haven’t we.
A US law firm – Meiselman, Denlea, Packman, Carton & Eberz P.C. to be exact – filed a lawsuit against Sony Computer Entertainment America in April 2010 for the removal of the original PS3’s ability to install other operating systems, such as Linux. Their website claims to have won the case.
Winning the case involves Sony having to pay every PS3 owner who bought their console before March 27th 2010 at 50% the price they bought it for. Sounds too good to be true? We believe it is. Nah, we know it is. The post added today reads:
“Because Sony failed to defend it’s intentions in court, the judge decided that Sony will have to pay every PS3 owner, who bought his PS3 before March 27, 2010, a refund of 50% of the price when purchased.”
Every PS3 before March 2010? That includes PS3 Slims as well then? The law firm is very pleased by its success, writing that “this is once of the biggest victory’s in our firm’s history.” Nice English. The final paragraph is amusing since it claims Sony will be handing out many of the refunds at E3. Classic.
“Sony will also be at handing out refunds at ‘E3’, a large video-gaming event, to all registered PS3 owners. A new article will be posted very soon on how Sony will be handling this matter.”
Oh we’ll be looking forward to that one. Little too early for April Fools isn’t it? Or late. And now to debunk this gem of an article. There has not yet been a final ruling for the case, which was indeed filed by this law firm in April. This document shows that there will be a minor preliminary hearing on 15 July 2010, meaning the case would only have ended if Sony had agreed out of court to settle it. At a 50% refund to each PS3 owner? Doubtful.
The article doesn’t mention a judge, nor include correct written English. Sony has also defended their position, making the post inaccurate. Moreover, and here’s the killer, as shown in this document, all parties have agreed that Sony has until June 29th to make its preliminary response to the case, let alone declare it’s over… on a Sunday.
So whoever hacked this respected law firm’s website, you gave us a good giggle.
[NeoGAF user Stumpokapow]
[UPDATE] – The post has now been removed from the law firm’s website. Case dismissed.