Man sues Niantic to stop Pokemon Go players from trespassing in his back yard

Man sues Niantic to stop Pokemon Go players from trespassing in his back yard
In the olden days, the grouchy neighbor would get pissed off when the local kids hit baseballs into his back yard. But the new national pastime is Pokemon Go and instead of baseballs, the crotchety old neighbor is complaining about Pokemon amassing inside his fence. A man in New Jersey is suing Pokemon Go developer Niantic, complaining that Pokemon Go playing kids are knocking on his door all day.

Jeffrey Marder filed the suit after five or more kids banged on his front door, asking for access to his back yard. Marder's lawyers wrote in the suit that "Within days of of the game’s release, it became clear that a number of the GPS coordinates that defendants had designated…on or directly adjacent to private property."

Besides knocking on his door, Marder watched as players congregated outside his home, phones in hand, looking to catch wild Pokemon. Hospitals, police stations, the United States Holocaust Museum and the home in Albuquerque where Breaking Bad was filmed are some locations that have been inundated by Players of the AR hit.

The lawsuit claims that Niantic is aware of these issues, but hasn't done anything meaningful about it. The suit, which seeks class action status, was filed in San Francisco federal court. Niantic is based in the city. Other defendants include Nintendo and The Pokemon Company, both located in Japan.


Another problem surfaced yesterday when it was discovered that some kids playing Pokemon Go are finding themselves looking for Pokemon near the homes of registered sex offenders.

source: NYPost

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8 Comments

1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Should have saw that coming and we all know the favorite line of most people in the U.S. "I'll sue you".

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

To bad these kind of law suit are hardly ever in favor of the suer. He would be better off trying to sue Google for including his private property on their GPS Maps.

5. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

I don't want Pokemon players banging on my door or trespassing on my property any more than I want Jehovahs or politicians. It's my property, I decide who's on it, nothing cranky about it.

21. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Just put up a private property and no trespassing sign and shoot who ever you feel like shooting already lol.

11. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Ok then, what other recourse do private citizens have that large corporations like this would take notice of? I don't play Pokemon Go, but I assumed that the locations they used would be public places like parks or shopping malls, not private residences or hospitals that need to isolate traffic to those who have an actual reason to be there. Regardless of this game, people can't just go where they please, especially if someone else owns the property. How would you feel if you had people knocking away at your door to play a game, especially if have no interest in it? There is no reason they couldn't limit the areas to where these are at to public places that won't bother anyone, and when notified of this, a company should rectify the situation quickly. It sounds like he already tried to resolve it by contacting the company but they apparently didn't do anything, so he took the next step, threatening legal action. That's about the only thing that will get these companies use to take action to resolve the matter.

2. JDMONE

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 29, 2016

Pokemon no

3. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

If kids or grown-ups get hurt on someone's property who are they going to sue, the property owner that's who.

20. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

They would lose that suit tho, since they were trespassing with out the owners consent.

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