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First PSN class action lawsuit filed

Sony sued for not taking "reasonable care".

And here come the lawyers. The first suit against Sony has been filed following its admission yesterday that PlayStation Network members' personal details had been compromised in a system security breach.

According to CNet, California-based practice Rothken Law Firm were the first to get down to the courthouse.

It's filing a suit on behalf of Alabama resident Kristopher Johns who is complaining that Sony didn't take "reasonable care to protect, encrypt, and secure the private and sensitive data of its users."

Johns also argues that Sony took too long to inform users of the breach, meaning they didn't have enough time "make an informed decision as to whether to change credit card numbers, close the exposed accounts, check their credit reports, or take other mitigating actions."

The court document claimed that Sony "has failed to provide regular credit reports and credit monitoring at their own expense to those whose private data was exposed and left vulnerable.

"This has caused, and continues to cause, millions of consumers fear, apprehension, and damages including extra time, effort, and costs for credit monitoring, and extra time, effort, and costs associated with replacing cards and account numbers, and burden, and is harming both consumers' and merchants' ability to protect themselves from such fraud.

"This lawsuit seeks to remedy this reprehensible situation."

Johns is seeking undefined compensatory damages and costs, while Rothken wants the suit to gain class action status, which would allow other PSN account holders to jump on board for a piece of the pie.

There have yet to be any confirmed reports of fraud or theft actually taking place as a result of the PSN hack.

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