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Switch "Joy-Con Drift" class action lawsuit officially filed

Now we play the waiting game
by rawmeatcowboy
19 July 2019
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Earlier in the week, we noted that the law offices of Chimicles, Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith were looking to file a class action lawsuit against Nintendo concerning Switch Joy-Con drift. Some users have complained that their Joy-Con analog sticks were malfunctioning, causing unintended movements in games. Chimicles, Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith wanted to hear from players having this issue, as they were gathering info to move ahead with the lawsuit.

Looks like they heard all they needed from the public, as Chimicles, Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith have officially filed their lawsuit. The law office has added the following note to their website.

CSK&D has filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo of America, Inc. (“Nintendo”) for claims relating to alleged defects in the Joy-Con controllers that are part of Nintendo Switch gaming consoles. The complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, alleges that the joysticks on Joy-Con controllers are defective, leading users to experience drift issues. Specifically, the complaint alleges that the joystick on the Joy-Con controllers will automatically register movement when the joystick is not being controlled by the user and interfere with gameplay. The complaint, filed on behalf of purchasers of Switches and Joy-Con controllers, brings claims under various consumer protection statutes as well as various warranty and common law claims.

It's going to be very interesting to see where things go from here. If you'd like to read more on the actual filing, you can find full details here.

Thanks to Aaron for the heads up!