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Former Panamanian dictator sues Activision over portrayal in Black Ops II


Who does he think he is? Lindsay Lohan?
Jul 16
The videogames industry has seen its share of legal actions lately, but the most recent one comes from an unlikely source. Manuel Noriega, the dictator of Panama until 1989, has filed a lawsuit against Activision for appropri... read
I'm pretty sure they also based Franklin on me
Lindsay Lohan has filed a law suit against Rockstar, the creators of Grand Theft Auto V. The suit claims Lohan's likeness is used in the game, without her permission, based on the character of Tracey Jonas. It's a pretty far-fetched claim, and sure not to go far. But it is worth a good laugh. read feature

Lawsuit

Not a joke: Lindsay Lohan sues Rockstar over Grand Theft Auto V


Claims likeness was used without permission
Jul 02
The rumors were true. She's really going for it. Actress Lindsay Lohan has filed a lawsuit against Take-Two and Rockstar Games over a character in Grand Theft Auto V that's said to be based on her likeness without permission,... read
Nintendo

Philips comes out victorious in Nintendo legal patent battle


A UK court rules that Nintendo did indeed infringe on Philips' patent
Jun 20
For some time now, Nintendo has been locked in a legal battle with Philips over patents registered back in 2011 regarding gesture recognition and motion control. Philips claimed to have patented these ideas long before Ninten... read
O'Donnell sues Bungie

Marty O'Donnell files lawsuit against Bungie for unpaid benefits


Stemming from his termination 'without cause'
Jun 06
Almost two months ago, longtime music composer for Bungie, Marty O'Donnell, was let go by the studio. According to O'Donnell, the termination was without cause. He may have had his hand forced, but O'Donnell's not going down ... read
EA lost lawsuit

Sue-thing: EA owes NCAA players up to $40 million


NC double PAID
Jun 02
In 2009, former NCAA players sued EA, claiming their likeness was used by EA without their consent and without compensation. EA tried long and hard to have the suit dismissed, but was forced to settle last year, for what was ... read

Index's former CEO and President arrested for fraud


Inflating profits
May 28
For falsifying financial records and inflating profits, former Index CEO Masami Ochiai and his wife, former Index president Yoshimi Ochiai, have both been arrested in Japan earlier today, Nikkei reports. Remember how Index wa... read
You just knew this was coming
The ZeniMax vs. Oculus VR situation has escalated following comments from both sides about how intellectual property and key technology driving the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset may or may not have been worked on while ... read feature

Wii U

Philips is out to ban the Wii U from sale in the US


Patent infringement is a powerful thing
May 15
Philips is making an attempt to get the Wii U banned from sale in the US on the grounds of patent infringement. The electronics giant has accused Nintendo of replicating specific technology concerning navigation via "pointing... read

Oculus responds to ZeniMax intellectual property claims


'We are disapointed but not surprised by ZeniMax's actions'
May 05
For those just tuning in, ZeniMax Media sent a formal notice of rights to Oculus VR and new parent company Facebook over intellectual property claims. Long story short, ZeniMax feels that work that happened with them carried ... read
Duke Nukem

3D Realms asserts it still owns Duke Nukem in Answer to Gearbox's lawsuit


'Round and 'round we go...
Mar 26
In response to Gearbox Software filing a Complaint against 3D Realms and Interceptor for unauthorized use of the Duke Nukem trademark, 3D Realms (along with Defendants Apogee Software and Interceptor Entertainment) submi... read
Interceptor's not off the hook either
With this week’s news that Gearbox Software has filed a lawsuit against 3D Realms and Interceptor for unauthorized use of the Duke Nukem property, it raises the question – exactly what the hell are 3D Realms and I... read feature

My mom's gonna hang this on the fridge.
Following up Friday's debut of "Dumb Idiot Ideas," here's the first episode of another weekly series: "Farts 'N' Crafts." On this show, I draw horrible pictures of things vaguely related to what's going on in the world of vid... read feature

Duke Nukem

Gearbox files suit against 3D Realms over Duke Nukem IP


Gearbox alleges unauthorized use
Feb 24
Gearbox Software has filed a lawsuit in United States Federal Court against both 3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment, alleging that the two colluded to use the Duke Nukem trademark and copyright unlawfully, and ... read

Nintendo wins patent infringement case


3DS and DSi cleared
Feb 20
Licensing companies Technology Properties Limited LLC, Phoenix Digital Solutions LLC, and Patriot Scientific Corporation had a case against Nintendo for infringing on three of their patents relating to processors an... read

Europe's court: Nintendo's anti-piracy tech is lawful


PC Box case continues
Jan 24
The highest court in the EU, The Court of Justice of the European Union, says that Nintendo's anti-piracy product security is lawful. The decision was handed down today for the current running PC Box case in Milan. While the ... read
Hearthstone

Hearthstone rip-off being sued by Blizzard


That didn't take long
Jan 22
Blizzard and NetEase are, according to MMOCulture, suing Chinese company Unico for $1.65 million (¥10 million) for their blatant rip-off of Hearthstone, which they've called Legend of Crouching Dragon. Legend of... read
Nintendo

Nintendo obtains IA Labs' patents in sheriff's sale


Lawsuits ain't cheap
Jan 09
Nintendo acquired the entire patent portfolio of IA Labs in a sheriff's sale this week in Montgomery County, Maryland. The transaction came about as the result of unsuccessful litigation on the part of IA Labs. In 2010, IA La... read
3DS

Nintendo has to pay royalties for every 3DS sold


An update on the patent infringement suit
Jan 06
As a followup to Tomita Technologies International's patent infringement case against Nintendo for using its camera technology in the 3DS, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff ruled last month that Nintendo would need to pay royalt... read
EA investigation

Law firm launches investigation into EA and Battlefield 4


Law is a battlefield
Dec 11
Were you injured in an accident on the job? Did Battlefield 4 give you incontinence, space measles, or sinusoidal finger? Then you might have a case. Law firm Holzer Holzer and Fistel, LLC is investigating whether EA claims f... read
GTA V

Lindsay Lohan allegedly suing Rockstar Games over GTA V


Claims likeness was used without permission in GTA V
Dec 01
You know it's a slow news weekend when I'm reporting on findings from celebrity news website TMZ, but alas here we go. According to reports from the site, former Disney debutant Lindsay Lohan is suing Rockstar Games over, wha... read
38 Studios

Court battle over 38 Studios begins in Rhode Island


RIEDC v. Wells Fargo Securities LLC is underway
Oct 13
The trial between 38 Studios founder Curt Schilling and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation has begun. Opening arguments from both sides were made Friday in Rhode Island Super Court, The Providence Journal repor... read

THQ sues UFC and EA over UFC game license


THQ claims that EA passed inside information
Oct 10
THQ says that Electronic Arts intentionally ruined THQ's relationship with UFC parent company Zuffa to get their own license deal. According to Polygon's findings, THQ is suing EA and Zuffa over the UFC game license. If you'v... read
EA settlement

EA to pay tens of millions to NCAA student athletes


Plaintiffs' attorneys call it a 'historic settlement'
Sep 28
Electronic Arts has bought its way out of a potentially nasty class action lawsuit, for use of the names, images, and likenesses of former and current NCAA student athletes. All it cost was an undisclosed amount, vaguely refe... read
Gearbox lawsuit

3D Realms drops its Duke Nukem lawsuit against Gearbox


One down, Colonial Marines to go
Sep 13
Earlier this year, 3D Realms filed a lawsuit against Gearbox Software, alleging more than $2 million in unpaid royalties from Duke Nukem Forever. A mere few months later, the parties have now stipulated to the dismissal with ... read
Nintendo vs. flashcarts

Nintendo files suit against Florida flashcart distributor


Not in my house!
Aug 07
Piracy on the DS was kind of a big deal, which is why Nintendo has been taking measures to ensure that the same filth doesn't infect the 3DS ecosystem. The 3D handheld has remained more or less untainted thus far, but the onl... read
EA loses lawsuit

Boom! EA loses $11 million Madden lawsuit


Boom! Tough actin' litigation
Jul 24
In 2011, we reported that Electronic Arts was being sued by Robin Antonick, designer of the original John Madden Football, who was claiming unpaid royalties for derivatives of his work after realizing subsequent early Madden ... read
Harmonix

Viacom loses $300-million lawsuit against Harmonix


Dollar dollar bills, ya'll
Jul 17
Ending years of litigation, the Delaware Supreme Court has ordered Viacom to pay Harmonix Music's former owners $300 million in owed bonuses, money from when Viacom still owned the studio. You may remember that Harmonix was b... read
Wii U

Nintendo loses legal claim to WiiU.com domain name


Not exactly the cyber-squatting case some thought it would be
Jul 02
After filing a formal complaint with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center to gain ownership of the domain name WiiU.com, an official ruling has been handed down in favor of Andy Tran, the current owner of the domain name... read

Jimquisition: Lawsuits, Memes, and Tasty Medicine


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
May 06
Warner Bros. and 5th Cell are facing a lawsuit over the inclusion of Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat in Scribblenauts. Preposterous, you say? Greedy, are the meme makers? I say well done them! It's absolutely about time Warne... read

Aliens: Gearbox defends its right to mislead customers


Studio lashes back at 'frivolous litigation'
May 03
Both Gearbox and SEGA have responded to a class action suit that alleges customers were lied to during the development of Aliens: Colonial Marines. Both companies are happy to defend themselves and seem unswayed by the threat... read

Warner Bros. sued over memes in Scribblenauts? Okay!


Thief-hating company accused of theft
May 02
Warner Bros. and 5th Cell are being slapped with a lawsuit (story via NeoGAF) over the inclusion of a pair of Internet memes in Scribblenauts Unlimited. Both the infamous Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat can be summoned into th... read






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