Sony initially marketed PlayStation 3 as having the ability to run Linux, but four years after launch, they removed this feature. A class-action lawsuit was filed against them in response, and after a lengthy legal process, Sony eventually agreed to a settlement in which affected users could claim as much as $65 for their troubles.

As previously announced, Sony agreed to a $3.75 million settlement, but of that money, a third was set aside for the legal team, between $300,000 and $400,000 for the settlement organizers, and the five plaintiffs were to receive up to $3,500 each. The remaining money was for everyone else who joined the suit.

The checks have started rolling in now, but they’re not for the maximum number of $65. Far from it. Instead, Resetera users are reporting that they’ve received checks for $10.07. It would appear that a substantial number of people signed up, making the payments smaller than expected. Still, free money is free money.

Ben Lamoreux


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