‘Pokemon Go’ Sparks Class-Action Lawsuit Over Privacy Concerns

New Jersey man claims that he’s been hounded by players seeking access to his backyard

Pokemon Go
Niantic Labs

On the hunt for a Pokemon? You might want to check the courthouse.

The hugely popular game “Pokemon Go” has sparked a class-action lawsuit filed by a New Jersey man who says he’s been hounded by players descending on his private residence.

In the suit, filed Friday in federal court in California, Jeffrey Marder says that GPS coordinates for some of the game‘s “Pokestops” and “Pokemon gyms” are “on or directly adjacent to private property,” and that those game locations were placed there “without the consent of the properties’ owners.”

According to the lawsuit, that’s led to a big headache for Marder, who claims that, during the first week of the game‘s release last month, at least five people knocked on his door and asked for access to his backyard to “catch” Pokemon.

Marder claims that there are other aggrieved property owners, including a Massachusetts resident whose home was designated as a Pokemon gym, and who reportedly received more than 15 uninvited visitors in just a few hours as a result.

The lawsuit is seeking big bucks, noting that “the aggregate amount in controversy exceeds $5 million.”

The complaint, which claims nuisance and unjust enrichment, names game develop Niantic, the Pokemon Company and Nintendo as plaintiffs.

Niantic and Nintendo have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.