It was announced earlier today that a Northern District of California judge ruled that a recent Supreme Court decision prevented a class action by Rebecca Swift against Zygna, the maker of Farmville, Mafia Wars, and YoVille. The April decision by the Supreme Court allows companies to avoid class action lawsuits by enforcing arbitration provisions in their contracts. Class action lawsuits are ways for consumers to bring actions against companies that scam small amounts of money from large numbers of people. Swift, who claims to have lost close to $200 to misleading ads placed in YoVille, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of herself and others similarly situated after reading an article calling Zygna “Scamville” and showing video of Zygna’s CEO admitting to doing “everything rotten in the book” to boost revenue.
That article is here:
Apparently, Swift alleged Zygna allowed misleading ads to placed in their game which tricked her with “free trial” offers that charged her anyways. The court was bound by the Supreme’s decision in a class action case against AT&T which allowed the company to end the class suit by enforcing its arbitration provision. However, the court did rule that Swift could continue her suit against KITN Media and Adknowledge, who allegedly developed the ads with Zygna. Those companies have appealed the court’s decision.