New Jersey man files suit over virtual Pokemon placed in backyard
In this Friday, July 8, 2016, file photo, "Pokemon Go" is displayed on a cell phone in Los Angeles. Pokemon Go‚Äôs origins are as peculiar as any of the creatures inhabiting the game. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, August 2, 2016 10:42AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 2, 2016 10:42AM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO -- A New Jersey man is going to federal court to keep "Pokemon Go" players away from his house.
Jeffrey Marder, of West Orange, says strangers began lingering outside of his home after the popular game was released last month. He says at least five people knocked on his door and asked to get into his backyard to catch a Pokemon placed there virtually by the game.
The lawsuit was filed on Friday in federal court in California against game makers Niantic Inc., Nintendo Co., and The Pokemon Company. It seeks class action status for others who have had Pokemon stops and gyms placed on their property.
The lawsuit says the defendants have "shown a flagrant disregard" for placing virtual Pokemon without property owners' permission.
Spokespeople for the companies weren't immediately available for comment.