Activision Can't Push Data Breach Suit Into Arbitration

By Gavin Broady (April 4, 2013, 7:04 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday denied a bid by Activision Blizzard Inc. to force a putative class action over its data security protection into arbitration, rejecting the video game maker's interpretation of an invasion of privacy exclusion in its arbitration agreement.

Activision and subsidiary Blizzard Entertainment Inc. sought to compel arbitration in the dispute on the grounds that an exclusion in its arbitration agreements with named plaintiffs Benjamin Bell and Christopher Spellman covering invasion of privacy, theft, piracy or unauthorized use is only triggered when Activision itself is accused of committing those breaches.

"Had the parties intended to so limit...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.


  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!

TRY LAW360 FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS

Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!