Attendees of Niantic’s 2017 Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago can now claim part of the $1,575,000 settlement if they have a valid ticket and attended the event. Players can submit a claim form through the settlement website to be reimbursed for their ticket, flights, hotels, and other travel expenses.
A class action lawsuit was brought against Niantic after their botched Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago last year. Niantic agreed to a settlement of over $1.5 million, and a website where attendees can submit a form to claim their share is now live.
Despite the controversy and issues surrounding 2017’s Pokémon GO Fest, Niantic is bringing the event back to Chicago on July 14-15. I attended the 2017 Fest and gave my two cents on the event: it was a lot of fun, but I can understand why some people would feel slighted and want reimbursment for travel. I’m looking forward to seeing how Niantic iterates on the experience with this year’s Pokémon GO Fest, especially with a playable version of Pokémon Let’s Go on the horizon!
Here is some additional legal information taken from the settlement website:
IF YOU ATTENDED THE POKÉMON GO FEST IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS ON JULY 22, 2017, THE NOTICE CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT PERTAINS TO YOU. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. YOU MAY GET A PAYMENT FROM A CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT, BUT YOU NEED TO SUBMIT A FORM TO DO SO.
Defendant Niantic, Inc. (“Niantic”) has agreed to pay a total of $1,575,000 to settle all claims alleged against it in the class action lawsuit, Norton, et al. v. Niantic, Inc., Case No. 2017 CH 10281, filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (the “Class Action Lawsuit”), any fact and/or circumstance related to issues that prevented Pokémon GO Fest attendees from being able to play Pokémon GO during the Pokémon GO Fest, or any fact and/or circumstance which has been alleged, or which could have been alleged, in the Class Action Lawsuit. The proposed settlement (“the Settlement”) is a compromise of all claims by Plaintiffs including allegations of violations of Illinois, Washington, and California consumer protection statutes, misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment in connection with technical issues that prevented attendees from playing Pokémon GO during the Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago, Illinois on July 22, 2017. Settlement Class Members are those individuals who had a valid ticket for and attended the Pokémon GO Fest.
This website provides information about the Settlement in answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Although the information in this website is intended to assist potential class members, it does not replace the information contained in the Notice or the Settlement Agreement, both of which can be downloaded from this website.
Source: Pokémon GO Fest Settlement