Nintendo Gamer Must Arbitrate Switch Joystick Defect Claims

Law360 (May 21, 2020, 7:21 PM EDT) -- An Illinois gamer who sued Nintendo of America Inc. will have to go to arbitration with his claims of an alleged defect in the joystick controllers for the entertainment giant's Switch gaming system, an Illinois federal judge ruled on Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman said that Switch player Zachary Vergara must ask an arbitrator whether his claims about alleged joystick "drift" belong in court or if they're subject to an arbitration clause in an agreement Vergara signed when he purchased the gaming system.

"Vergara correctly observes that a party cannot be required to arbitrate a dispute that he has not...

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