TINA.org joined other consumer advocates including UC Berkeley Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice and Consumer Action in filing an amici curiae brief in a case against Sony Music alleging it misleadingly represented that all songs on the 2010 posthumous Michael Jackson album entitled Michael were sung by Jackson himself when three of the songs were not.
The California Supreme Court hears oral argument in this case.
TINA.org joins other consumer advocates including UC Berkeley Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice in filing a friend of the court brief with the California Supreme Court explaining, among other things, the significant consequences of allowing a sophisticated corporation like Sony Music to shield itself from liability for promotional statements made to consumers about one of its music albums.
The California Supreme Court grants consumers’ petition to review the case.
A California appellate court determines that because Sony lacked “personal knowledge” of the songs’ origins, the statements it made on the album cover and in the video amounted to the music company’s opinion and not actionable commercial speech.
The California Superior Court where the case was filed allows allegations concerning Sony’s statements made on the album cover and in a promotional video to move forward.
A class-action lawsuit is filed in California state court against Sony Music Entertainment for allegedly misleadingly representing that all of the songs on the 2010 posthumous Michael Jackson album entitled Michael were sung by Jackson when, according to plaintiffs, three of the songs were sung by someone else.
TINA.org Joins Fight over Michael Jackson Album
Legal battle over Michael Jackson’s posthumous album may create “dangerous” precedent.
PlayStation 4 Not the Only Game in Town
Reader says commercial falsely advertises Grand Theft Auto Five as a game exclusive to PS4.
Sony’s #Gamechanger Misled Consumers, FTC Says
Handheld gaming console failed to deliver the “game changing” technologies promised in advertising.
Sony High-Resolution Audio
The The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is a self-regulatory body that monitors advertising in the United Kingdom. recently upheld a complaint that Sony deceptively advertised its high-resolution audio products on…
Sony Xperia SP
The ASA has found Sony’s advertising for the Xperia SP phone to be misleading.
Allegations: Misleadingly representing that the Dash would be “always on, always fresh and available at a glance” when a forced firmware update made the device useless in 2017
Fortnite Battle Royale
In March 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Sony Interactive Entertainment for allegedly not taking effective measures to prevent children from creating accounts on PlayStation Network and using their…
Sony’s Marketing of Fortnite and other Games
In January 2019, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Sony Interactive Entertainment for allegedly deceptively marketing games, including the popular video game Fortnite. According to the complaint, the company markets…
November 2017: A federal judge granted preliminary approval of a new settlement agreement. According to the revised terms, Sony agreed to pay class members $65 for each valid claim. A…
Sony Xperia Devices
In August 2017, a federal judge preliminarily approved a settlement agreement that would resolve a class-action lawsuit filed against Sony earlier in 2017. The April 2017 complaint alleges that the…
Sony PS4 “Killzone: Shadow Fall” Game Graphics
May 2015: The parties agreed to dismiss the plaintiff’s individual claims in this lawsuit with prejudice, meaning that the plaintiff cannot refile the claims. The reasons for the dismissal have…