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Nintendo obtains IA Labs' patents in sheriff's sale

Lawsuits ain't cheap
Jan 09
// Brett Makedonski
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...
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Nintendo has to pay royalties for every 3DS sold

An update on the patent infringement suit
Jan 06
// Jordan Devore
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...
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EA investigation

Law firm launches investigation into EA and Battlefield 4

Law is a battlefield
Dec 11
// Steven Hansen
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...
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Lindsay Lohan allegedly suing Rockstar Games over GTA V

Claims likeness was used without permission in GTA V
Dec 01
// Wesley Ruscher
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...
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38 Studios

Court battle over 38 Studios begins in Rhode Island

RIEDC v. Wells Fargo Securities LLC is underway
Oct 13
// Kyle MacGregor
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...

THQ sues UFC and EA over UFC game license

THQ claims that EA passed inside information
Oct 10
// Dale North
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...
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EA settlement

EA to pay tens of millions to NCAA student athletes

Plaintiffs' attorneys call it a 'historic settlement'
Sep 28
// Brett Makedonski
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...
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Gearbox lawsuit

3D Realms drops its Duke Nukem lawsuit against Gearbox

One down, Colonial Marines to go
Sep 13
// Brett Makedonski
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 ...
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Nintendo vs. flashcarts

Nintendo files suit against Florida flashcart distributor

Not in my house!
Aug 07
// Tony Ponce
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...
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EA loses lawsuit

Boom! EA loses $11 million Madden lawsuit

Boom! Tough actin' litigation
Jul 24
// Steven Hansen
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 ...
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Viacom loses $300-million lawsuit against Harmonix

Dollar dollar bills, ya'll
Jul 17
// Abel Girmay
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...
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Wii U

Nintendo loses legal claim to domain name

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

Jimquisition: Lawsuits, Memes, and Tasty Medicine

Jimquisition happens every Monday!
May 06
// Jim Sterling
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...

Aliens: Gearbox defends its right to mislead customers

Studio lashes back at 'frivolous litigation'
May 03
// Jim Sterling
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...

Warner Bros. sued over memes in Scribblenauts? Okay!

Thief-hating company accused of theft
May 02
// Jim Sterling
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...

Aliens: Colonial Marines gets class action suit for lies

Gearbox and SEGA targeted for misleading advertising
May 01
// Jim Sterling
SEGA and Gearbox have been slapped with a class action suit for Aliens: Colonial Marines, accused of lying about the game to get it sold. It was only a matter of time.  Edelson LLC has taken the case, which alleges that ...

Nintendo must pay $30M due to 3D patent infringement

Mar 13 // Allistair Pinsof
"We are thankful to the jurors for their diligence and hard work," Joe Diamante, Tomita's lawyer, said in an e-mail sent to Reuters. "It has been a honor to represent Mr. Tomita and to protect his invention." Nintendo replied with a statement given to Polygon: "Nintendo is confident that the result will be set aside. The jury's verdict will not impact Nintendo's continued sales in the United States of its highly acclaimed line of video game hardware, software and accessories, including the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others." U.S. jury finds Nintendo liable for patent infringement [Reuters via Polygon]
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Sony inventor claims Nintendo used his tech in 3DS
Today, a federal jury found Nintendo guilty of infringing on a former Sony employee's glasses-free 3D tech with the release of the 3DS handheld. Nintendo is looking at a payout of $30.2 million in compensatory damages. Invent...

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Apple settlement

Apple settles over in-app purchases made by kids

There's no such thing as a free lunch
Feb 28
// Jordan Devore
Apple has settled a class-action lawsuit that was filed in 2011 by parents who claimed their children racked up charges through in-app purchases without their knowledge or permission, reports CNN. The company will offer $5 iT...
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3DS Patent Case

3D patent infringement case against Nintendo now underway

Inventor claims the gaming giant used his technology
Feb 27
// Keith Swiader
Opening arguments in a patent infringement trial against Nintendo took place in U.S. District Court on Monday, as an inventor accused the gaming giant of using his glasses-free 3D technology to develop the 3DS handheld. The i...
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The Ville

EA and Zynga have settled over The Ville lawsuit

It's over
Feb 15
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The Electronic Arts and Zynga lawsuits against one another have both been dismissed. The two companies reached a settlement outside of court, and the specifics of the deal haven't been disclosed. Both companies issued a state...

Valve sued over Steam's inability to sell pre-owned games

German consumer group takes secondhand games seriously
Feb 03
// Jim Sterling
The Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZVB) doesn't entertain the long-standing idea of digital games remaining bound to the customer. The consumer group is taking a stand and suing Valve over Steam's refusal to le...
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Kevin Butler lawsuit

Kevin Butler actor Jerry Lambert settles with Sony

Bridgestone and Sony are still in court
Jan 17
// Jordan Devore
Remember when actor Jerry Lambert and fictional Sony character Kevin Butler literally became the same human being? Those were simpler times. As you might recall, after performing in many ads for the company, Lambert later wen...

SEGA to sue Level-5 for patent infringement

Another day, another lawsuit
Dec 12
// Jim Sterling
SEGA is taking Level-5 to court over its Inazuma Eleven soccer games, claiming they infringe on a patent the larger publisher holds.  The bone of contention is the ability to move characters via a finger or pen on a...

Judge denies Motorola U.S. Xbox 360 ban

Germany also in the clear
Dec 04
// Dale North
Motorola tried to shut down the sale of the Xbox 360 and other Microsoft products over a patent fees dispute, but it didn't stick. Motorola wanted somewhere near $4 billion a year for the use of some pretty standard tech...

Silicon Knights to recall and destroy its Unreal 3 games

Too Human, X-Men: Destiny, and more to be culled
Nov 09
// Jim Sterling
Following Silicon Knights' lost legal battle against Epic Games, it has been revealed (via GAF) that the perpetually unlucky studio has been ordered to recall and destroy all unsold copies of its Unreal 3-coded games.  T...

Marvelous AQL sued for hostile takeover attempt

Suit names Marvelous, XSEED and others
Nov 01
// Dale North
Checkpoint, an independent game studio, has filed suit against Marvelous AQL, saying that the Japanese company tried to take their studio over to get out of a $2.5 million payment. The complaint says that Marvelous paid Check...

Sony sues for 'Kevin Butler character' playing Mario Kart

Oct 05 // Jonathan Holmes
Sony Computer Entertainment America filed a lawsuit against Bridgestone and Wildcat Creek, Inc. on September 11. The claims are based on violations of the Lanham Act, misappropriation, breach of contract and tortious interference with a contractual relationship. We invested significant resources in bringing the Kevin Butler character to life and he’s become an iconic personality directly associated with PlayStation products over the years. Use of the Kevin Butler character to sell products other than those from PlayStation misappropriates Sony’s intellectual property, creates confusion in the market, and causes damage to Sony.
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Well, this is awkward
Art by LoveChin88 [Update: Here is a revised version of the commercial with Jerry Lambert removed.] Sony is in the process of suing Bridgestone and Wildcat Creek Inc over a recent TV commercial where a character pla...


The No Doubt vs. Activision drama finally ends

Oct 04
// Chris Carter
Remember that one time when No Doubt accused Activision, and by proxy Band Hero, of misusing their likeness? It feels like that sort of thing happens every year, but now Activision has one less thing to worry about, as No Dou...

Jimquisition: EA vs. Zynga - The Lesser of Two Evils

Aug 27
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts and Zynga duking it out is one of the biggest supervillain slap-fights in history. Both companies are reviled by gamers the world over, but as is our nature, we can't just sit back and watch the carnage. Peop...

EA vs. Zynga: EA claims it's a game industry defender!

Aug 21
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts' delusions of grandeur have reached new heights this week, as the company continues to milk its lawsuit against Zynga for cheap applause and gamer cred. Its latest claim? The lawsuit positions Electronic Arts ...

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