Pokemon Go Is Being Sued For Tresspassing

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Pokemon Go took the U.S. by storm last month with millions of players hunting for Pokemon outside.

The Pokemon Go game, if you aren’t already familiar, uses smartphones’ cameras and GPS capabilities to superimpose Pokemon creatures, as well as meeting points like PokeStops and Pokemon Gyms, over real-world imagery and maps.

The objective of the game is to capture Pokemon by traveling around on foot.

One New Jersey man is not happy with where the game’s makers have put the PokeStops and the Pokemon Gyms.

Jeffrey Marder, of West Orange, New Jersey, has filed a federal lawsuit against the makers of the Pokemon Go video game for placing the virtual creatures on his property without permission. According to court documents, this “caused Pokemon Go players to interfere with [his] use and enjoyment of his property.”

Marder filed the proposed class action lawsuit in Northern California’s U.S. District Court claiming the game’s developer, Niantic, has “made unauthorized use” of his and other people’s properties. According to the lawsuit, Niantic has placed PokeStops and Pokemon Gyms, virtual meeting points key to playing the game, and this has encouraged “Pokemon Go’s millions of players to make unwanted incursions onto the properties” of him and others who may have been affected.

Nintendo and The Pokemon Company were also named as defendants in the lawsuit.

Marder’s lawsuit states that “during the week of Pokemon Go’s release, strangers began lingering outside of his home with their phones in hand,” and “at least five individuals knocked on [his] door and asked for access to [his] backyard in order to ‘catch’ Pokemon that the game had placed at [his] residence … without [his] permission.”