A Pokemon GO lawsuit that’s been going on since 2016, is finally drawing to an end. The Pokemon GO lawsuit was filed when the mobile game from Niantic was at the height of its popularity and involves the removal of PokeStops and Pokemon GO Gyms.
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When Pokemon GO first launched, a bunch of private homeowners filed the Pokemon GO lawsuit against the creator, Niantic Inc. for causing Trainers to trespass onto their private property. Now, after nearly 3 years of battling it out (not in Gyms, but in court), the homeowners have suggested a settlement with Niantic.
If the settlement for the Pokemon GO lawsuit is accepted, the following new safety measures will have to be implemented by Niantic to prevent trespassing of Trainers while playing Pokemon GO:
- Upon complaints of nuisance or trespass and demands of the removal of a PokeStop or Gym, the company will make commercially reasonable efforts to resolve the complaint and communicate a resolution within 15 days.
- Owners of single-family residential properties get rights of removal within 40 meters of their properties.
- Niantic will maintain a database of complaints in an attempt to avoid poor placement of these virtual creatures.
- When Niantic’s system detects a raid of more than 10 players congregating, a warning message will appear on their screens reminding them to be courteous and respectful of surroundings.
- Niantic is also working with user-reviewers and mapping services like Google Maps to also mitigate any problems plus maintaining a mechanism so that park authorities can request a park’s hours of operation be honored.
- At the company’s expense, Niantic will have an independent firm audit compliance with obligations during a three-year period.
Although these features aren’t too much to ask from the company that’s behind this popular mobile game, it feels like these features might only be useful to a select few homeowners and private property owners who are still upset about the game. Since the game’s 2016 launch, the hype has died down significantly. There might still be many Pokemon GO hotspots where Trainers come together on a regular basis to play, but nothing like the “zombies, walking around bumping into things” that were described by the Pokemon GO lawsuit complainants.
The complainants of the Pokemon GO lawsuit also want some money from Niantic (duh). There are named complainants who seek a service award of $1 000 per property that’s within 100 meters of a PokeStop. Whereas the law firm handling this Pokemon GO lawsuit is seeking up to $8 million in attorney’s fees and $130 000 in expenses. The law firm claims it has spent about 2 500 hours on this Pokemon GO lawsuit.