Home Owner Sues Over Pokémon GO Grief
August 3, 2016
A home owner in West Orange, N.J., has filed a request for a class-action lawsuit against the makers of the popular Pokémon GO game, saying that it has encouraged trespassing on his property. The owner says the company placed Poké Stops and Pokémon gyms on his property without his consent and is profiting from players who invade his private space.
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The home owner says he sees strangers routinely coming into his backyard, holding up their cell phones. At least five people have knocked on his door to ask if they could gain access to his backyard to catch Pokémon, a key to playing the virtual game. The game urges players to not trespass and recommends they ask permission before going on private property.
Still, complaints have been surfacing since the game's popularity soared in the past month. Wanderers showing up in people's yards, cemeteries, and even the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., have been reported.
The lawsuit asks that property owners effected by the game be paid and that Poké Stops and Pokémon gyms not be placed on private property without consent, Forbes.com reports.
The defendants, Niantic Inc., the Pokémon Company, and Nintendo Co. Ltd., have 21 days from July 29 to respond to the suit.
Source: “Homeowner Files Class-Action Lawsuit Telling Pokemon GO to Get Off His Lawn,” Forbes.com (Aug. 3, 2016)
Updated: July 13, 2018