It’s been over one month since Pokémon Go was released in the US, and the game’s popularity isn’t diminishing. But for one Michigan couple, the number of players trying to “catch ‘em all” has become too much.
Scott Dodich and Jayme Gotts-Dodich filed a class action lawsuit against Pokémon Go creator Niantic, The Pokémon Company, and Nintendo last week, according to WDIV. The pair claim that the Pokémon gym and Pokéstops placed in Wahby Park in St Clair Shores has turned their neighborhood into a “nightmare.”
They allege that the private cul-de-sac they live on has been overrun by Pokémon Go players over the last several weeks, some of whom blocked driveways with their vehicles, trespassed on property, trampled over gardens, and peered through windows.
"We don't feel safe sitting on our porch," the couple said in the lawsuit. In one instance, when Gotts-Dodich asked a player to leave her property, she was told to “shut up, b****, or else.”
The couple said attempts to remove the Pokémon gym and Pokéstop from their neighborhood using the request forms found on the company's website had been met with generic responses thanking them for their enquiries.
The suit alleges that the placement of the attractions constitutes a continuing invasion of use and enjoyment. The pair seeks monetary damages, a ban on Pokémon in the park, and class-action status to represent other property owners who have experienced similar problems.
Ealier this month, Iran became the first country to ban Pokémon Go due to unspecified security concerns.