Jus­tices side with Mi­crosoft in Xbox 360 class ac­tion case

South Florida Times - - BUSINESS - As­so­ci­ated Press

The Xbox 360 By SAM HANANEL

WASH­ING­TON - The Supreme Court is giv­ing Mi­crosoft Corp. an­other chance to stop a class ac­tion law­suit filed by own­ers of the Xbox 360 video-game sys­tem who claim the con­sole has a de­sign de­fect that scratches game discs.

The jus­tices ruled on Mon­day that the game own­ers could not use a pro­ce­dural tac­tic to ap­peal a lower court de­ci­sion deny­ing them class ac­tion sta­tus. Such ap­peals typ­i­cally aren't al­lowed un­til a lower court makes a fi­nal rul­ing on the mer­its of the case.

Busi­ness groups, in­clud­ing the U.S. Cham­ber of Com­merce, had urged the court to side with Mi­crosoft. They say a rul­ing for the Xbox 360 own­ers would make de­fend­ing against class ac­tion law­suits more ex­pen­sive and push busi­nesses to set­tle claims.

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