Michigan Couple Sues Pokemon Go For "Ruining Their Lives"

Posted: Aug 16 2016, 11:38am CDT | by , in News | Gaming


Michigan Couple Sues Pokemon Go for "Ruining Their Lives"
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For the last few months, Pokemon Go has been fulfilling Nintendo's mission of "putting smiles on people's faces." 

A Michigan couple, Scott and Jayme Dodich, aren't smiling at all. They say that the app is making them miserable and they are suing Nintendo in federal court.

They have been complaining for weeks about Pokemon players walking through their yard, looking in their windows, and even cussing at them. Well, now they are filing a class action lawsuit saying that while Nintendo is making millions of dollars while ruining the quality of life for Americans. They claim that the Pokestops and gyms that are on or near private property is against the law.

In the case of the Dodiches, they live across the street from a Pokemon hotspot with seven Pokestops and a gym at Wahby Park. According to local reports, there are hundreds of players there on a daily basis.

That amount of people has turned the neighborhood into a nightmare.

"Nobody gets sleep anymore," the lawsuit claims. "How is this acceptable? ... They hang out on our lawns, trample landscaping, look in vehicles ... We don't feel safe ... I don't feel safe sitting on our porch."

 According to the report from KARE 11, there will be three defendants sued: "Niantic, the San Francisco-based software company that developed and published Pokémon Go; Nintendo, which owns 32% in the Pokemon company and receives a percentage of all Pokémon Go revenues, and Pokemon Co., which is headquartered in Tokyo." 

The lawsuit aims to keep Pokemon from designating GPS coordinates near or on private properties without permission. It also wants Pokemon to share profits with residents that have a Pokestop near their homes.

Niantic has acknowledged the problem, telling users: "If you can't get to the Pokestop because it's on private property, there will be more just around the corner, so don't worry!"

For now, the game will go on as it has been.

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