Scott and Jayme Dodich of St. Clair Shores, Detroit have filed a Pokemon Go lawsuit against Niantic and Nintendo, claiming the game is making them miserable. Pokemon Go uses a combination of GPS and Wifi connectivity to create a larger-than-life treasure hunt. By using their smartphones, users can catch Pokemon and train them in preparation of combat.
Real life locations are used as Pokestops, or places where gamers go to collect items and catch Pokemon. The Pokemon Go lawsuit filed by the Detroit couple has claimed that the augmented reality game has completely ruined their lives.
The complaints stem from Pokemon Go trainers supposedly walking through their garden, peering into windows and even cursing at the couple.
Inside the Pokemon Go lawsuit
The couple says that the Pokestops across the street attracts so many gamers that it’s ruined their once quiet neighborhood. It’s gotten so bad in recent weeks that the couple says they are living in fear. “We don’t feel safe” according to the Detroit couple.
The Dodiches have filed a class action lawsuit against Niantic, claiming that Pokemon Go has ruined their lives. The couple live across the street from Wahby Park, which happens to have at least seven Pokestops alone. Attracting hundreds of Pokemon Go players a day has led to the Pokemon Go lawsuit.
“Nobody gets sleep anymore, How is this acceptable? … They hang out on our lawns, trample landscaping, look in vehicles … We don’t feel safe … I don’t feel safe sitting on our porch.”
The Pokemon Go lawsuit names three defendants. Niantic, Pokemon Company and Nintendo are all being sued by the Detroit couple. Filed in California the Pokemon Go lawsuit further seeks to stop Pokestops from being placed on, or near private property without owner permission. The lawsuit also wants Niantic to share profits with residents or people living near Pokestops.
As incredible as this Pokemon Go lawsuit may seem, it’s definitely not one of a kind. There are several lawsuits being levied against Niantic, which given the popularity of Pokemon Go isn’t a surprise. Here’s a few of the other Pokemon Go lawsuit cases that have been in the news of late.
- In Washington, D.C. a lawsuit against Niantic was filed because of three Pokestops being placed around the Holocaust Memorial Museum.
- In Mobile Alabama, a cemetery owner fought off Pokemon trainers from his property, saying that this is private property and that playing a mobile game on cemetery grounds wasn’t respectful.
- Several teens in California have filed a Pokemon Go lawsuit in hopes of recouping some of their losses due to injury while playing the game.
It remains to be seen just how this Pokemon Go lawsuit will shake out, but one thing is for certain, that legal trouble like this is just the beginning. As Pokemon Go continues it’s incredible success, more and more people will be looking to reap the benefits from it’s popularity.