Xbox Live Bannings Summon Class Action Lawsuit

The recent spate of Xbox Live bannings — in which as many as one million users were ejected from the service — have attracted the interests of a nationwide law firm by the name of AbingtonIP.

Abington are looking to get a class action lawsuit together, believing Microsoft's actions to be both heavy-handed and suspiciously convenient given the proximity of the bannings to the release of Modern Warfare 2.

"Microsoft has chosen to use one of the most indiscriminate 'weapons' in its arsenal in an effort to combat piracy — as a result, use of this 'weapon' has resulted in a great deal of collateral damage — many people were affected who had nothing to do with piracy," reads a statement on the firm's website.

As for the conspiracy theory side of the story, Abington reckon that the mass bannings were just an excuse for Microsoft, with the release of the year's biggest online title on the horizon, to rack up a few extra Xbox Live subscriptions from those eager to get back onto the service.

Sounds like complete rubbish to me, but then, this is a law firm we're talking about.

Law Firm Sniffing Around Xbox Live Class Action Suit [GamePolitics]


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    Hm. If it's anything to do with the launch of Modern warfare 2, I think it's more like a way to, ah... get rid of some of the worst elements of Live society, so that the millions of other players are less likely to repeatedly rage quit?

    And even that's not what I'd call -likely-...

      Uhh what?? I dont understand why you think getting rid of pirates will cause less rage quit.

      How about m$ get rid of all the glitchers and cheaters!!!! Get rid of the children that use exploits and their annoying prepubescent whiny voices to annoy everyone.

      As far as i've seen all the pirates are guilty of on xbox live is stealing their games.

      I cant believe the holier-than-thou attitude that many people have on this matter. I'm damn sure 99% of these people have stolen music, movies or tv shows from the internet, yet games are a no-no. Bunch of hypocrites!

    "As for the conspiracy theory side of the story, Abington reckon that the mass bannings were just an excuse for Microsoft, with the release of the year’s biggest online title on the horizon, to rack up a few extra Xbox Live subscriptions from those eager to get back onto the service."

    Idiots... they must not know that the entire console gets blocked from accessing live altogether. Simply getting another 12 month card will not get you back onto Live. They should just stick to what they know best and stop making fools of themselves.

    Noone has any possible legal claim against Microsoft for this. It's all in the EULA; the terms and conditions you agree to when you buy and use your Gold subscription. They can take it away whenever they want, for any reason they want, period.

    It's a closed, proprietary service. People have no rights there. And they agreed to that.

    i think theyve gone too far with the bannings this time. they are also taking away functionality from the console itself. the ability to install games on the hdd and also the mc extender functionality.
    its all well and good to take away live because its in the t&c. but breaking the console? no i dont think so. once that thing leaves the store its up to the owner to do with it as he/she see's fit as its now their property.

    Its a very strict contract you enter when you use the Gold LIVE service, if people choose todo something in breach of the service and get banned then they haven't a case. Stupid lawfirm is stupid, they just want a peice of MS.

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