Lawsuit continues against Trion Worlds and ArcheAge’s 10% discount snafu

    
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Three years in, a player-led lawsuit against Trion Worlds concerning false advertising and lockboxes in ArcheAge continues to bounce around the California court system.

The suit, filed back in 2015 by Aaron Van Fleet, Paul Ovberg and James Longfield, alleged that Trion violated consumer laws, falsely advertised a 10% founder perk discount for its cash shop, and went against California laws concerning illegal lotteries. While Trion tried to move the case to arbitration, the courts decided that there were some worrysome discrepancies between ArcheAge’s EULA and TOU and so kept the suit going.

MMO Fallout posted an update on the case, mostly to say that the lawsuit is still going, that Trion is still trying to get it taken out of court, and that the plaintiff had amended the complaint with a very minor update. The article expresses concern over the one and only exhibit for its case, which is a series of screenshots showing player dissent in the forums over these issues.

“Notably absent from Trion’s demurer is commentary in relation to whether or not the 10% discount offer change constituted misleading advertising, said MMO Fallout, “but presumably the demurer is to carve up the lawsuit and get rid of the extra fat so that the main points of contention can be handled either during the trial phase or in a supplementary demurer.”

Source: MMO Fallout
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Aaron Fleet

Aaron Van Fleet here. Pretty much getting dragged on for years now. It’s a class action suit so it doesn’t cost me a thing. If you want to get involved send me a message and I’ll connect you with the law firm involved.

Alomar
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Alomar

I also wasted several hundred dollars on this joke of a game and founder pack. I haven’t touched a Trion game since and never will again.

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Mike Minier

How does someone get involved with this? I was one of the people who wasted like $300 on Archeage founders packs and junk like that. I would love to get in on this.

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Siphaed

You won’t be able to yet. There has to be a ruling in favor of the Plaintiffs by the court in order for other subsequent players to than submit claim for victor funds/reimbursement.

However the sad thing is that with most Class Action lawsuits, a significant portion goes to the filing lawyers, a small chunk to the individuals who put forth the effort to file and fight, and finally the remainder gets divvied up to those that submit a claim. I once worked for a company that had lose a CA lawsuit against it over unpaid overtime; the claimers got some $30k or $60k each (can’t remember), the lawyer got $1.2million (!) and individuals could claim $300-600 based on time with the company between X dates. …no joke. It’s that messed up.

rafterman74
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rafterman74

Class actions generally suck for the clients, but it would still be worth it just to stick it to Trion.