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According to an article from GoNintendo, the law offices of Chimicles, Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith have officially filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo America.
The lawsuit concerns the topic of Joy-Con drift. The drift issue is where the joystick on the Joy-Con assumes that it’s receiving some sort of input, even though nobody is touching it.
This causes it to essentially develop a mind of its own, causing unintended effects in games.
There’s no actual official fix for the issue, meaning that your options consist of sending in your Joy-Cons for repair, purchasing a DIY kit and doing it yourself, or just giving up and buying brand new Joy-Cons.
GoNintendo reports that the following note has been added to the law office’s website:
CSK&D has filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo of America, Inc. (“Nintendo”) for claims relating to alleged defects in the Joy-Con controllers that are part of Nintendo Switch gaming consoles. The complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, alleges that the joysticks on Joy-Con controllers are defective, leading users to experience drift issues. Specifically, the complaint alleges that the joystick on the Joy-Con controllers will automatically register movement when the joystick is not being controlled by the user and interfere with gameplay. The complaint, filed on behalf of purchasers of Switches and Joy-Con controllers, brings claims under various consumer protection statutes as well as various warranty and common law claims.
However, when I attempted to follow the link to the page on the law firm’s website concerning the Joy-Con lawsuit, I was met with a screen informing me that the website had been temporarily taken down.
It’s most likely that the amount of traffic from this story has temporarily crashed the page, given that the law firm’s official website homepage is still up and functioning.
If you’re a Joy-Con owner who’s experiencing drift issues and want to contact one of the attorneys, you can follow the link here to fill in a form.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on this story and will update when it develops.