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A lawsuit nearly 10 years in the making has made it all the way to the Supreme Court as robed dispensers of justice prepare to hear a plea from Microsoft as to why an Xbox 360 disc-scratching class action lawsuit should be thrown out.

They say that justice moves swiftly, but that certainly has not been the case for a 2007 lawsuit put together by a bunch of angry Xbox 360 owners. Everybody who games during those days likely remembers the infamous red ring of death scandal, but a slightly less well known hiccup on the part of Microsoft's console was that it had a tendency to scratch discs.

According to Microsoft, the console did, in fact, scratch discs if the console was moved while said copy of Halo or Gears of War was spinning in the disc tray. They put out oodles of warning to that effect, but apparently it wasn't enough to stop instances of scratched discs popping up here and there.

Enough people were reporting scratched discs, in fact, that a team of lawyers decided to pull them together to form a class-action lawsuit. Earlier models of the Xbox 360 were pretty borked, after all, and if the machine was destroying Call of Duty discs left and right, then shouldn't Microsoft be held responsible for their faulty product? That was the case they were arguing anyway...A whopping nine years ago.

Since then, multiple individual cases pertaining to scratched discs have been thrown out of the courts, with Microsoft left to continue battling this class suit. That same suit was actually thrown out a while back, but that decision was eventually overturned.

So where does that leave us now?

Well, the folks over at Polygon have been keeping tabs on the case, despite the fact that the case is about twice as old as the Polygon website itself. It looks like the Supreme Court has decided it will hear from legal representatives at Microsoft as to why the case should once again be dismissed, thus bringing this whole mess to a (potential) close once and for all.

According to the case information, about 55,000 angry Xbox 360 users reported scratched discs by the year 2008, just three years after the console's launch. We're not sure how many of those complainants are actually a part of the case but, back in 2012, a federal judged that there were not enough to validate a class action suit. We're guessing that not a lot has changed since that 2012 ruling, so it will be interesting what the Supreme Court will have to say about the matter.

We would, of course, be interested to hear what our readers think. Should Microsoft be held responsible to those folks who took part in the suit? Has it perhaps been too long to matter? Let us know in the comments below.
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