On many counts we think no - because at the end of the day we'd probably have to have been a jerk in order to get banned in the first place right?
Still, that's what Erik Estavallo is doing - after being an utter jerk in Resistance he's decided to file a lawsuit against Sony; because they tried to clean their community up. A court document from GamePolitics argues:
"The plaintiff was exercising his First Amendment Rights to Freedom of Speech in the game's public forum when he was banned from, not only [Resistance], but also banned from playing all other games online via the PlayStation Network." As such "pain and suffering" has been caused by Sony because the PS3 is "the only way the plaintiff can truly socialize since he also suffers from agoraphobia."
Excuse us for not knowing the entire story but, goodness gracious, this has to be a joke right? The document further goes on to reveal that the "victim" demands $55,000 in damages and demands Sony no longer implement bans of "any sort". He claims that "PlayStation 3 is the only system that incorporates this type of wide-ranged ban. As where Nintendo does not ban customers at all. And Microsoft Xbox rarely bans".
So hang on, the guy is a jerk online but still expects to receive $55,000 for his troubles. Furthermore, he wants his fellow jerk gamers to never be threatened with a ban? Are you kidding me.
The fact he cites XBOX Live as "rarely" banning says it all really.
As more elitist British publications would write: only in the USA.