Attack of the Fanboy

False Advertising Case Against Sony’s Killzone: Shadow Fall Dismissed

by Kyle Hanson


For the past few months Sony has been dealing with a lawsuit over its marketing of their first person shooter game Killzone: Shadow Fall. The lawsuit, which was filed by California resident Douglas Ledore, claimed that they falsely advertised the title by listing the game’s resolution as 1080p, when it was actually rendered at a lower quality and upscaled. That lawsuit has now been dismissed in a California court, with a possible settlement being reached between the two parties.

“On May 4 U.S. District Judge Edward Chen signed a joint stipulation that dismisses lead plaintiff Douglas Ladore’s lawsuit with prejudice,” reads the story on Courthouse News. “The joint stipulation was filed by Ladore on April 22. Settlement terms were filed under seal.” The only aspect of the settlement that was revealed was that each party was responsible for their own court costs. Sony had previously sought to have the case dismissed without having to settle, but that was not allowed by the court.

The lawsuit was originally seeking $5,000,000 in damages for, in part, negligent misrepresentation, false advertisement, unfair competition, and fraud in the inducement. How much of this was actually given to Ledore, or settled upon by Sony is not clear and will likely remain a secret as many settlements do.

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