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  • Blog Post: Manuel Noriega Call Of Duty Likeness Suit Dismissed

    The suit filed by former dictator of Panama Manuel Noriega against Activision over Call of Duty: Black Ops II has been dismissed. Noriega filed the suit earlier this year over the use of his likeness in the game. Noriega, who is serving a 20 year prison sentence in Panama for crimes committed while he... More
  • Blog Post: Judge Dismisses Battlefield 4 Class Action Lawsuit

    U.S. District Judge Susan Illston issued a ruling this week in favor of Electronic Arts in a class action suit with EA investors over the disappointing performance of Battlefield 4. The judge said that statements by EA executives before the game's release for last-gen systems on October 29, 2013... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Developer’s Threats Against Gabe Newell Get Game Pulled From Steam

    Developer Mike Maulbeck is the creator of Paranautical Activity. For a short time, his game was available on Steam, first as an Early Access title and then as a fully released game. Yesterday, Mualbeck threatened to kill Valve founder Gabe Newell. As you might suspect, Valve didn’t take kindly... More
  • Blog Post: Lindsay Lohan Files Amended Complaint In GTA V Likeness Suit

    Lindsay Lohan has escalated her complaint against Rockstar over allegedly improper use of her likeness in Grand Theft Auto V. In July, the actress filed suit against publisher Take-Two claiming that minor character Lacey Jonas is modeled after her. The original 10-page complaint Lohan filed against Take... More
  • Blog Post: Kickstarter Tightens Terms Of Service, Warns Projects Of Legal Liability

    Backing a Kickstarter project is a risky endeavor. You’re putting your faith in personnel and a project concept so early that there is a chance that the end product (if it’s ever delivered) doesn’t match lofty expectations. Now, Kickstarter is taking another step to hold project managers... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani To Defend Activision Against Manuel Noriega

    Update: Activision and its attorneys, led by former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, have filed a motion to dismiss former dictator Manuel Noriega's suit over his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Giuliani is confident in Activision's position, but says there is a chance that should... More
  • Blog Post: Sega Details Extensive Breakdowns In Relationship With Gearbox Over Alien: Colonial Marines

    Whether the class action lawsuit over Alien: Colonial Marines ever results in meaningful compensation for consumers is something we don’t yet know. However, the legal matter has served to bring to light serious relationship problems between Sega and Gearbox, according to the publisher’s testimony... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Capcom Is Suing Koei Tecmo Over Older Dynasty Warriors Games

    Capcom is suing Dynasty Warriors publisher Koei Tecmo for patent infringement, according to new report. The matter concerns a Capcom-held patent filed in 2002 that details how users can import content from one disc-based piece of software to another. A similar feature was found in a number of Musou games... More
  • Blog Post: Sega Close To $1.25 Million Settlement In Alien: Colonial Marines Suit

    One piece of the Alien: Colonial Marines class action suit could be drawing to a close soon, as publisher Sega has preliminarily agreed to a settlement with plaintiffs. If accepted by the court, class participants would be due an equal distribution of a $1.25 million settlement. The parties came to an... More
  • Blog Post: Artist Claims Pet Toy Company Robbed Her Of Angry Birds Profits

    A Seattle artist is suing the Hartz Mountain Company, through which she used to sell her Angry Birds cat toys. The line of products pre-dates Rovio’s hit mobile game series and Juli Adams claims that Hartz had no right to sell the trademark and, by extension, deprive her of revenues. According... More
  • Blog Post: Gearbox Tells Its Side Of The Alien: Colonial Marines Story In Court

    In April last year, disgruntled consumers filed a lawsuit against Sega and Gearbox over the critically panned Alien: Colonial Marines. The suit alleges that the title was falsely advertised via demos at trade shows, including PAX and E3. In a statement that was filed along with a request for summary... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Court Approves Sony Settlement In 2011 PSN Data Breach Case

    Update: Sony has responded to our request for comment on the settlement for the 2011 PSN hacking and data breach class actions suit. "A proposed settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuits arising from the April 2011 criminal cyber-attacks on the PlayStation Network, Qriocity, and Sony... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Former Activision Parent Company Considered Firing CEO Kotick

    Last year, Activision bought its independence from ailing parent company Vivendi to the tune of $8 billion. The move was orchestrated by CEO Bobby Kotick, who lead an investor group responsible for $2.34 billion of the funding. Bloomberg is reporting that Vivendi considered firing Kotick during the buyout... More
  • Blog Post: Former Dictator Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over Black Ops II Appearance

    In Activision’s 2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II , players encounter former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega a number of times during flashback missions. The now-imprisoned former leader has taken offense to his inclusion and is currently suing Activision. Noriega is suing for lost profits from... More
  • Blog Post: Lindsay Lohan Doesn’t Have Precedent On Her Side In GTA V Likeness Suit

    Lindsay Lohan has been posturing for months over claims that Take-Two and Rockstar used her likeness without permission in Grand Theft Auto V. Specifically, Lohan has pointed to character Lacey Jonas, claiming that the developer and publisher have capitalized on her celebrity to sell copies of the title... More
  • Blog Post: Ubisoft Successfully Defends Against DRM Patent Infringement Suit

    Ubisoft has won a court victory over allegations of patent infringement. The suit, brought by Digital Reg, was focused on Ubisoft’s uPlay and content authentication and access. The suit alleges that Ubisoft’s digital rights management and its uPlay service infringe upon a number of Digital... More
  • Blog Post: After Defeat In U.S., Rebellion Still Doesn’t Want Developers To Use Its Name In Titles

    If Rebellion (the developer behind the Sniper Elite series, NeverDead, and Rogue Warrior) had its way, no one would be able to use the word “rebellion” in a video game title. The studio attempted to enforce a trademark in a lawsuit against Sins of the Solar Empire: Rebellion developer Ironclad... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus Calls Zenimax Lawsuit ‘Misleading' And 'Unjust’ In Court Filing

    Last month, Bethesda Softworks and Id Software parent Zenimax filed suit against Oculus VR for misappropriation of intellectual property . Today, Oculus has filed its formal response with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. In the filing, Oculus asserts that Zenimax is... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Loses U.K. Patent Battle With Philips

    A U.K. judge has ruled in favor of Philips against Nintendo in the case of two instances of patent infringement. The patents in question deal with recognition of hand gestures and motion as input mechanisms and are related to the Wii. Nintendo says it will appeal the decision and that it will work to... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Squashes ‘Patent Troll’ Triton In Wii Remote Case

    Nintendo has announced the dismissal of a 2010 lawsuit filed by Triton over the Wii Remote. Triton alleged that the technology powering the Wii Remote infringed against its patent for a “computer apparatus input device for three-dimensional information.” The Seattle district court found Triton’s... More
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