Jeffrey Marder filed a complaint in federal court in Oakland, California after Pokémon Go players arrived on his doorstep. He alleges that Niantic, who developed the game, and Nintendo have created a nuisance and is seeks class-action status on behalf of all Americans who have had people invading their properties.
His complaint also includes references to instances of players wandering around an Alabama cemetery and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in search of Pokémon. Marder isn’t the first to have had his property visited either; Boon Sheridan’s home in Massachusetts was marked as a gym, and people flocked to it shortly after release.
Marder’s complaint states, “At least five individuals knocked on plaintiff’s door, informed plaintiff that there was a Pokemon in his backyard, and asked for access to plaintiff’s backyard in order to ‘catch’ the Pokemon.”
“Defendants have shown a flagrant disregard for the foreseeable consequences of populating the real world with virtual Pokemon without seeking the permission of property owners.”