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8:00 AM on 05.03.2013

Aliens: Gearbox defends its right to mislead customers

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...

Jim Sterling





9:30 AM on 05.02.2013

Warner Bros. sued over memes in Scribblenauts? Okay!

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...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 05.01.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines gets class action suit for lies

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 ...

Jim Sterling



Nintendo must pay $30M due to 3D patent infringement photo
Nintendo must pay $30M due to 3D patent infringement
by Allistair Pinsof

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.

Inventor and former Sony employee Seijiro Tomita was awarded the $30.2 million due to his patent for providing 3D images without the need for 3D glasses.

Tomita's lawyer said in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan that Nintendo used Tomita's tech in developing the 3DS. Nintendo's defense attorney argued that the 3DS doesn't use the key features of the patent. The defense attorney also stated that a 2003 meeting between Nintendo and Tomita was only one of many held between vendors selling 3D display technology.

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4:00 PM on 02.28.2013

Apple settles over in-app purchases made by kids

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...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 02.27.2013

3D patent infringement case against Nintendo now underway

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...

Keith Swiader

7:30 PM on 02.15.2013

EA and Zynga have settled over The Ville lawsuit

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...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:00 PM on 02.03.2013

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

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...

Jim Sterling

3:00 PM on 01.17.2013

Kevin Butler actor Jerry Lambert settles with Sony

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...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 12.12.2012

SEGA to sue Level-5 for patent infringement

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...

Jim Sterling

3:30 PM on 12.04.2012

Judge denies Motorola U.S. Xbox 360 ban

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...

Dale North

8:00 AM on 11.09.2012

Silicon Knights to recall and destroy its Unreal 3 games

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...

Jim Sterling





10:45 AM on 11.01.2012

Marvelous AQL sued for hostile takeover attempt

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...

Dale North



Sony sues for 'Kevin Butler character' playing Mario Kart photo
Sony sues for 'Kevin Butler character' playing Mario Kart
by Jonathan Holmes

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 played by actor Jerry Lambert enjoys playing Mario Kart Wii for a few seconds. Jerry Lambert is the actor who had played Kevin Butler, the fictional Vice President of various Playstation departments, in Sony's "It Only Does Everything" and "Long Live Play" advertising campaigns. 

Who is Wildcat Creek Inc? Well, according to Corporation Wiki, they are a company owned by none other than Jerry Lambert. 

Sony is claiming damages based on Bridgestone's use of the Kevin Butler character to "sell products other than those of Playstation". The thing is, the character that Jerry Lambert played in the Bridgestone commercial was not Kevin Butler.  He wasn't even advertising a Nintendo product. He was just a Bridgestone worker getting into Mario Kart Wii when he should have been working (in order to help promote a Wii giveaway contest through Bridgestone). 

The main thing I'm taking from this is that if I ever appear as a character in a Sony commercial, then I'm never going to let myself be filmed enjoying a non-Sony product ever again. I hope Marcus learns that lesson as well, lest he gets his ass sued for being caught on camera enjoying a rousing game of Donkey Kong.

Check out the full statement from Sony below.

Sony sues Kevin Butler actor (update: Sony comments) [VentureBeat]

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12:30 PM on 10.04.2012

The No Doubt vs. Activision drama finally ends

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...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 08.27.2012

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

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...

Jim Sterling