Xbox Live Bannings Summon Class Action Lawsuit

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The recent spate of Xbox Live bannings - in which as many as one million users were ejected from the service - have attracted the interests of a nationwide law firm by the name of AbingtonIP.

Abington are looking to get a class action lawsuit together, believing Microsoft's actions to be both heavy-handed and suspiciously convenient giving the proximity of the bannings to the release of Modern Warfare 2.

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"Microsoft has chosen to use one of the most indiscriminate 'weapons' in its arsenal in an effort to combat piracy — as a result, use of this 'weapon' has resulted in a great deal of collateral damage — many people were affected who had nothing to do with piracy", reads a statement on the firm's website.

As for the conspiracy theory side of the story, Abington reckon that the mass bannings were just an excuse for Micsrosoft, with the release of the year's biggest online title on the horizon, to rack up a few extra Xbox Live subscriptions from those eager to get back onto the service.

Sounds like complete rubbish to me, but then, this is a law firm we're talking about.

Banned Xbox LIVE Users To Sue? [IncGamers]

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I don't think it's fair of them to just mass ban. What about people who legally purchased used consoles off ebay or form a brick and mortar? How could they possibly know what was done with the console before they purchased it? Please do not give me that "it's the chance you take" crap, because it is a legit and fair way to buy a console and MS has no right banning legit buyers.