Valve prohibits class action lawsuits in new ToS

Posted on August 1, 2012 - 4:00pm by Sean Hinz

America is the land of the free, home of the brave, and a place where its citizens will sue for just about anything. That’s why it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that companies are trying to make the process of mass lawsuits nearly impossible. After AT&T found a way to block this, Sony, Microsoft, and Electronic Arts all jumped onboard. Now Valve is doing it too.

The recent Terms of Service for Valve’s Steam service makes its users agree that class action suits are prohibited. Valve understands the significance of such a change but feels like these types of lawsuits “don’t provide any real benefit to users and instead impose unnecessary expense and delay, and are often designed to benefit the class action lawyers”.

While this may be positioned to benefit the end user, this limits your rights to protect oneself should there be a mass disagreement. We won’t really know if this agreement will work until one day these Terms of Service between a corporation and the masses is brought to court.  

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