I know I'll get rated down for saying this, but I'll say it anyway.
This thread is, for the most part, a great example or why jury trials are stupid. A whole bunch of people who aren't really sure what the suit is even about are absolutely convinced that it's frivolous, inspired by greed, etc.
You understand that if a corporation does something wrong, they can't go to jail, right? You can't hand a multi million dollar corporation a 50 dollar speeding ticket and say "do it twice more, and you lose your driving privileges!"
The only way you make an irresponsible corporation behave is by hitting them in the bottom line. When it's cheaper to do the right thing than to get sued or fined, then well run businesses will magically start to do the right thing. Corporations only understand the bottom line, and they only engage in behavior that can be used to add to it. If frivolous lawsuits are required to make S-E act like a 20th century business, then so be it.
Jury trials are not stupid. They are part of our legal system that assumes innocence until proven guilty, as opposed to the other way around, which people tend to forget it seems.
We may not at this time know the full extent of what this person is trying to claim, but that PDF gives us a decent enough idea. You could claim that those of us on this forum don't know what the suit is about at all except for one thing: This person is trying to include every one of us as Plaintiff, thus the "Class Action."
And, forget reading the ToS for the fees. Dig out your original box for the game. It's written on the back. I know because I remember reading that in the store when my husband first wanted to play the game, and I was against paying monthly for a video game after buying it in the store. (We've since realized that we spend less money per month because we play this instead of spending ridiculous amounts on movies/popcorn, etc except when there is something we specifically want to see in the theater or membership fees for a club or something.)
Sure, SE makes mistakes. Every business makes mistakes. I make mistakes. You make mistakes. People have been double/triple billed. SE fixes the mistake, and the person continues playing. I've twice had to update my credit card info after trying to log in and being told that I couldn't. I was never charged interest or double billed. I updated the payment info and was logged into my character within 10 minutes. That's not even an inconvenience when it was my mistake to begin with for not updating the info. My cell phone company and cable company (two other non-essential monthly bills I pay) are much less forgiving if I do this.
As for the thing about it being only licensed to us and "disguised" as a sale, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think then that Microsoft, Adobe, and many, many other companies need to be sued also. We only get a license to play or use a certain number of copies of the software, we don't own the software. It's like owning a copy of a book, but not the right to reprint that book and distribute it.
Will it affect FFXIV? Possibly. It's frivolous lawsuits like this that drive up costs in attorneys, etc. for a company. That can translate into higher fees, etc.
The only possible thing I can see that this person may be able to sue for is if there really is something being so well hidden from us that none of us knows it. If so, they need to disclose this info to the playerbase instead of allowing it to still be hidden. Instead, they've filed this lawsuit that repeats itself 2-3 times saying vague legal jargon with no specifics, unless I missed something.
You understand that if a corporation does something wrong, they can't go to jail, right? . . . The only way you make an irresponsible corporation behave is by hitting them in the bottom line.
No, a corporation can't be put in jail, but CEO's and other employees can be. And, in my opinion, the focus of such lawsuits should always be restitution to those who were hurt by whatever was found to be illegal. Punishment of the corporation does serve the purpose of deterring others from doing the same in the future. However, it usually punishes the lower-paid employees, who were likely completely innocent in the matter, more so than those who are the actual guilty ones. A balance has to be found between attempting to punish the actual people who did wrong and restitution to the victims.
The problem is this: How has SE not been up front about its charges or other business practices? Like I said, unless they are really hiding something about this from all of us so well that only this one privileged person has miraculous knowledge of it, then this just amounts to someone whining that they shouldn't have to pay a monthly fee that is plainly stated on the box for the game, as well as in the FFXI software license agreement.