SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A couple has sued the maker of Pokemon Go in federal court, saying the highly popular smartphone game has ruined their quality of life.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Scott and James Dodich of St. Clair Shores, Michigan have sued San Francisco-based Niantic, who developed the game. Nintendo and the Pokemon company have also been named in the lawsuit.
The newspaper reports the couple lives next to a park that has several Pokestops and a Gym in the game, where hundreds of players have gathered daily since the game was released in early July.
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In the lawsuit, the Dodiches said some players have trampled onto their landscaping, peered into their windows and cussed at them.
“How is this acceptable? … They hang out on our lawns, trample landscaping, look in vehicles … We don’t feel safe … I don’t feel safe sitting on our porch,” the couple said in the lawsuit.
Bloomberg reported that the couple made multiple requests to Niantic, asking the company to remove the locations from the game, but the game’s developer did not respond.
The couple seeks monetary damages and to stop the game from designating locations on the game on or near private property without permission.
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Japan have complained to the game’s creator after players flocked to those locations in search for Pokemon.
A Canadian woman who said she has been inundated by Pokemon Go players at her home has also filed a lawsuit against the game makers. A third lawsuit involves a New Jersey man who said people have been knocking on his door to catch a Pokemon placed in his backyard.