Pokemon Go Creator Niantic reached an agreement by bringing a class action against angry owners who, subject to the approval of a judge, will resolve the trespassing and nuisance lawsuits that occurred soon after the game was released in 2016.
In the regulation, filed Thursday and reported for the first time by the Hollywood Reporter, Niantic agrees to send courtesy reminders to users, through the Pokémon Go app, whenever 10 or more people catch Pokémon at the same place.
Niantic will also work with public park authorities to remind users of the hours of operation of a venue; maintain a complaints database; make "commercially reasonable efforts" to resolve them within 15 days; and allow Pokéstop or gymnastic moves to owners within 40 meters of their properties
Niantic was sued in August 2016, just a month after the launch of the game, by several owners, alleging that the game incited its users to enter a private property, and that Niantic was enjoying such behavior. A man from New Jersey filed the first claim and sought class action status for anyone in the United States whose property had been designated (without approval, of course) as Pokéstop or Gym Pokémon.
Shortly after the launch of the game, the mainstream press reports were filled with anecdotes from gamblers wandering on private property and confused with intruders – and worse. Some places have become rather unfortunate places for augmented reality play, such as the Arlington National Cemetery and the National Holocaust Museum in Washington.
The settlement is full of anecdotal stories of complainants disturbed by Pokemon Go players. A private condominium complex in Florida reported that hundreds of non-residents visited the premises during "peak spawning hours" at night, creating a significant disruption. The game had placed a Pokémon Gym at the end of an owner's alley in New York, where "large groups lingered for weeks and often trespassed on his property and damaged it." A Californian woman said on her property to damage her lawn and fence.
Two weeks after the launch of the game, the Pokemon Go The website has added a way for users to request that PokéStops and gyms be created or removed from certain locations. The proposed regulation improves the public's ability to make such requests and Niantic's responsibility to act accordingly; the company will also hire an independent firm to verify its compliance with conditions over a three-year period.
As for money, the plaintiffs named in the case will receive $ 1,000 each, while the lawyers ask for $ 8 million in fees and $ 130,000 in expenses.