Erik Estavillo of San Jose wants $55,000 from Sony for taking away his only source of communication.
What happens when you take away someone’s video games? You might get sued.
A San Jose, Calif., man is suing Sony, claiming the company violated his first amendment rights when they banned him from playing the PlayStation 3 game "Resistance" for something he may have said while communicating with other players.
Erik Estavillo, who says he suffers from agoraphobia, a fear of crowds and public places, depends completely on the PlayStation game for social interaction.
He is suing on four counts of unlawful behavior, one being the violation of his first amendment rights and another on counts of theft. Estavillo claims he has money in the videogame’s store, which is inaccessible to banned users.
Estavillo is demanding $55,000 in punitive damages as well as "pain and suffering damages."
Sony has yet to respond to the suit.