Niantic Settlement Details Emerge in Pokemon Go Tresspassing Lawsuit
Niantic has filed a proposed settlement in California regarding a Pokemon Go trespassing lawsuit brought against the company in 2016. The complainant alleged that Niantic placed PokeStops and Gyms on private property that led to players trespassing. Under the terms of the settlement, Niantic would have to avoid placing PokeStops or items/creatures on private property. Owners will be able to fill out a form on the PG site to ask for the removal of PokeStops or Gyms within 40 meters of property.
Once a form is delivered to Niantic, the company must use "commercially reasonable efforts" to work with residents within 15 days for 95% of cases every year for three years. The company will also be required to keep a database of resolutions and adhere to the terms for up to a year.
Other terms of the settlement include:
- raid players in groups of 10+ must receive a screen warning to be courteous of others in the area and to be respectful
- city, county, state and national parks will be able to request that Niantic observe park hours of operation for PokeStops and Gyms inside the parks
The suit was originally filed by a New Jersey resident, but quickly grew to include other private property owners in a number of states. Each plaintiff is requesting up to $1,000 in the settlement "for their service to the class and in assisting to bring about the substantial benefits of the settlement".