Pokemon Go Nuisance Settlement and the Future of Location-Based AR

Once again, Pikachu is leading us into the future of augmented reality.

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Since July 2016, the same month in which it first released Pokemon Go, Niantic has been dogged by lawsuits alleging trespass and nuisance. As I’ve previously reported, those cases (including one from my home county) were long ago consolidated into the class action In re Pokemon Go Nuisance Litigation in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, in San Francisco. In the ensuing 2.5 years, various other defendants were dismissed, and we got an eyebrow-raising decision from the judge refusing to rule out the possibility of a “digitally induced trespass” claim.

In November 2018, Niantic first informed the court that the parties had reached a settlement–although settlements in class action cases must be approved by the court. Today, we got our first look at the terms of that agreement, by way of the plaintiff’s motion to approve the settlement.

Read the rest of this post in my Augmented Legality blog