A class action lawsuit entitled James Collins et al. v. GameStop Corp has been filed against GameStop in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit claims that GameStop sold games that included FREE downloadable content. The only problem, via the lawsuit, is the content was not free and consumers had to fork over an additional $15.00 to access the content. GameStop denies all wrong doing but has agreed to a settlement to avoid a lengthy expensive trail. A settlement fairness hearing will be held on September 17, 2012 to determine if the settlement is fair and reasonable. The hearing will be located at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Courtroom 12, U.S. Courthouse, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, California 94102 and will be ruled by Judge Thelton E. Henderson. The law firms of Initiative Legal Group APC and Baron & Budd P.C. have been assigned to the case.
Class members of the GameStop Downloadable Content Class Action Settlement include anyone in the state of California who purchased a video game from GameStop with free downloadable content and then the downloadable content was not available to used game purchasers without additional payment. The purchase must have took place between the dates of March 23, 2006 through April 9, 201. To take part in the lawsuit a class member must file a claim form no later than July 19, 2012.
The settlement includes two options to class members who qualify. Option one provides a $10 payment and a $5 GameStop store credit and provide proof of purchase. Option two includes a $5 payment and a $10 GameStop store credit without proof of purchase. Class members who opt for option two will do so UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY (aka Roger Clemens). All settlement objections are due by July 16, 2012. A class member looking to opt out of the lawsuit must do so by July 16, 2012. All questions should be directed to the class counsel and not GameStop.