The U.S. Supreme Court will take on Xbox 360 game disc-scratching lawsuit

The nine judges on the U.S. Supreme Court will take on a long-running lawsuit centering on Microsoft's Xbox 360. The judges have agreed to consider Microsoft's quest to dismiss the class action lawsuit, which claims that a flaw in the Xbox 360 caused game discs to be scratched by its disc drive, making them unplayable.

The lawsuit was first filed in 2008, but Microsoft claimed that only a small fraction of Xbox 360 owners reported the scratches caused by the disc drive, and they were due to the owners moving the console while the drive was in motion. In 2012, the lawsuit was dismissed by U.S District Judge Ricardo Martinez in Seattle, who ruled there were not enough complaints to warrant a class-action lawsuit.

However, in March 2015, the lawsuit was revived by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle, who said that Judge Martinez made an improper ruling. The appeal judges stated he should have ruled based on if the console may have had a defect and, if so, if that issue violated its warranty.

According to Reuters, it will be the appeals court ruling that will serve as the basis for the U.S. Supreme Court case:

"The court will review a March 2015 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the question of whether a lower court decision denying class certification to the plaintiffs could be challenged."

There's no word on when the case will be presented to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Source: Reuters

John Callaham