Pokemon Go isn't out of the woods yet over trespassing monsters (Bloomberg/-)
The maker of the Pokemon Go smartphone game thought it had mended fences with homeowners who didn’t appreciate their gardens being trampled by hunters of virtual monsters.
But a San Francisco judge has thrown up a roadblock to Niantic Inc.’s proposed class-action settlement, saying he’s not satisfied with the dispute resolution process for resolving nuisance complaints. U.S. District Judge James Donato said putting lawyers for the property owners in charge of fielding complaints “is too vague and undefined to be useful.” Donato has given the attorneys until April 24 to come up with a better solution.
In a series of lawsuits, residents from Michigan, New Jersey and elsewhere said that after the game was launched in July 2016, their gardens and neighborhood parks were under siege and that Pokemon Go players had threatened them in response to reprimands for trespassing.