GTA Publisher, Jack Thompson Settle Lawsuit

April 19, 2007 -
They didn't exactly kiss and make up, but Grand Theft Auto publisher Take Two Interactive and anti-game attorney Jack Thompson have apparently reached settlement on a pair of pending legal actions in Florida.

One immediate result is that Thompson will no longer have to worry about being jailed for contempt of court in regard to last October's Bully case.

GamePolitics readers may recall that Take Two filed suit against Thomspon in a Florida federal court last month. T2's action was primarily based upon Thompson's threats to sue to block sales of upcoming Rockstar games Manhunt 2 and Grand Theft Auto IV.

Thompson promptly filed a countersuit whch was highlighted by charges that Take Two violated federal racketeering (RICO) statutes. The controversial attorney also accused several prominent game media outlets (including GamePolitics) of participating in a vast conspiracy against him. However, as reported by GamePolitics, an amended complaint subsequently filed by Thompson quietly dropped the RICO allegations

In the settlement, filed with Federal District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga, Thompson has agreed that he:

1.) will not sue or threaten to sue to block sale or distribution of any game published by Take Two or its subsidiaries (i.e., Rockstar).

2.) will not communicate to Take Two or anyone doing business with T2 (like, say Wal-Mart) any accusation that the company committed any wrongdoing by selling its games. Thompson is not restricted from criticizing the content of T2 games, nor is he prevented from acting as counsel in lawsuits brought against Take Two by other parties

3.) will make any future contacts with T2 through its attorneys

For its part Take Two has agreed to dismiss the federal lawsuit and Thompson will drop his counterclaim. T2 has also agreed to drop the Bully contempt of court matter. There was to have been a hearing on the case tomorrow morning, and Thompson could potentially have been jailed if he were found to be in contempt by a Miami-Dade County judge.

Read all of the settlement legalese here.

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Re: GTA Publisher, Jack Thompson Settle Lawsuit

Not surprised at all, surely its not kiss and make up or kiss and patch up but out of court settlement means that there has been a stance that has been taken where it benefits both. Florida Lawsuit Advice

Re: GTA Publisher, Jack Thompson Settle Lawsuit

Frankly, I was expecting to happen like this. It was absolutely normal that they would end up to compromise like this. Some days ago when I was having some work with some frigidaire parts I was talking with some people around there and when I told them that this would happen, no one believe me. Oh well, now it has become true!

Well it just shows that Take 2 are way more human and benevolant to that Jack guy. Even though he brought me more to commit murder than manhunt or other games did he was funny. So long as he tries to sue someone else soon and gets serious jailtime ill be happy

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[...] Take Two Defeats Jack Thompson In Court No, this isn't part two of the Virginia Tech shootings story, consider it to be more of an intermission from all the Jackass Thompson hate. Instead, we get to celebrate over finally having cold, hard evidence that we won't hear from him as much in the future. He tried to tackle Rockstar's gay-kissing Bully game, then moved his target to Grand Theft Auto IV, and then frantically tried to find people who would still listen to him overseas on his march to prevent Manhunt 2. Luckily, Take Two Interactive filed for the equivalent of a restraining order, and with this settlement, we can finally game in peace for at least a short while. Thompson has agreed that he:will not sue or threaten to sue to block sale or distribution of any game published by Take Two or its subsidiaries (i.e., Rockstar)will not communicate to Take Two or anyone doing business with T2 (like, say Wal-Mart) any accusation that the company committed any wrongdoing by selling its games. Thompson is not restricted from criticizing the content of T2 games, nor is he prevented from acting as counsel in lawsuits brought against Take Two by other partieswill make any future contacts with T2 through its attorneysIn return, Take Two dismissed their counterclaim and dropped the contempt of court charge on Jack Thompson. Basically, they put out a raccoon trap, caught the son of a bitch, and are releasing him into the wild, hoping he will never return. It's too bad they don't make bigger mouse traps. He's reached just about every news channel in the past and proven his ignorance almost every time, it shouldn't be long until he's finally blackballed by all media outlets. (Further reading on Jack Thompson this week: Part One and Part Two.) __________________ Thanks, Smokey_Vol www.TheSummitonBluffMountain.com I like popcorn.. [...]

I was kinda hoping that Jack Thompson would be sued into oblivion or imprisoned, but I guess this is okay too. Jack Thompson will have to find another company to bitch about.

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I don't think this is a loss in any way. They beat him, they stopped him, they forced him to shut up.

Jack Thompson tries this shit on other companies they can do the same.

I give it a week before he says they're denying his right to harass them.

Once again Jack Thompson proves that he doesn't quite know what he's talking to, but with a bit more brain power he could.

In the world of Jack Thompson Correlation = Causality no matter what factors might be involved. How does he have a liscence?

well at least take two and rockstar wont have to deal with jack's crap anymore (you know for someone who says all gamers are children he sure as hell does act like one)

personally i wouldnt have dropped anything and i'd make sure he went down for his crap but at least its taken care of..

ok im gonna go watch the jt video now

@ Well at the very least Thompson can't sue to get the games banned, unfortunately he can still use state legal systems, so we shall see what happens.

Boy, it didn't take Jackie Boy long. His new target? Counter-Strike. Who he thinks is the publisher?

Microsoft.

I'm with Game/Life on this one. Jack, please sue Microsoft.

T2 would have gained nothing from putting him in jail. They just wanted him to quit harassing them. This is a very good outcome as it means they don'thave to spend any more time in court. He still has a pending bar complaint from the judge and if he starts harassing another publisher, basically the same thing will happen that happened here.

Hahaha. Oh, wait, it's April the 19th.

@bladow

He'd have to be very careful with encouraging other people to start lawsuits against Take Two, I think it would be down to Judges discretion. Oddly enough, I seem to recall that Bar rules state that, since he only has a State License, not a Federal one, his 'hard selling' by constantly Emailing and faxing adverts for his sideline, is actually in violation of the Bar terms anyway, but it's a minor infringement, and I think they have bigger fish to fry as far as JBT is concerned. However, if he starts to try and solicit work, rather than being approached by the parties, I doubt the Judge would take a positive view of it.

Im happy for JT that he won't go to jail. He is not the devil. He just thinks he is doing the right thing. Its a win-win situation between JT and Rockstar. Now we can get on to expecting the greatest game in the world : GTA IV.

@ Majestic_12_x

"Who is he to know how fast anyone’s heart is beating? Was he following Hui with a freaking stethoscope?"

Does jack thompson even have a heart to compare it to? I thought that an lived out of pure spite. To think he would even have a something as human as a heart....

This definatley throws my optimistic outlook for T2 new management into question.

@Zerodash

Really? A Year? I give him two weeks. Three, if he's busy.

Oh, ok, so this is what he meant when he said he was going to "destroy" Take Two.

This is a win for Take 2. They got what they wanted (aside from legal fees to be paid by Thompson) without having to throw down in court over the next several months.

Jack will be claiming a massive victory in 3...2...1...

"...nor is he prevented from acting as counsel in lawsuits brought against Take Two by other parties."

This part seems like a loophole he can exploit. Can't he just convince someone else to bring the lawsuits and then he can attack T2 as counsel to the suing party? Finding some like-minded religious imperialist crusader shouldn't be hard. We haven't seen the last of him from a legal standpoint much less from a critical standpoint. T2 might have lost an opportunity to put this guy behind bars for awhile, while only achieving modest gains.

Honestly this seems like a feint from Take-Two. They know Jacky-boy can't keep his stupid trap shut, so they're just doing this so that the next time he chases this articular ambulance, not only will he be in trouble for what he does, but they'll be able to say "...AND you violated the settlement, which means we can go after you again with double."

@ Phantom

He can try all he likes. He's still deprived of his favorite target. With GTA he could easily use its lurid depictions of violence and mayhem and point to it as a shorthand representation of violence in all video games. Take 2 and Rockstar would also be hard-pressed to defend their games as "artistic expression" in the face of such criticism (though the silence of the earlier management certainly didn't help either and in fact made it all the more easier for JT).

As much as he may want to use Counterstrike now, he'll have an even harder time trying to make as convincing an argument with it, as its depiction of violence is far less sensationalistic. Also, Sierra/Vivendi/Valve will probably be a lot more proactive and vocal in countering than Rockstand and Take 2 were.

As for soliciting his clients, I'm sure most of the VT students are aware of him. Also Gov. Kaine said in reference to people like JT that they'd be advised to take whatever little crusades they happen to be on for their personal gain elsewhere. And hopefully if he even dares try to approach the victims' families, they'll take that advice to heart and tell JT to take his class-action lawsuits and shove them up his ass.

The fact that major news outlets haven taken him less seriously in the wake of this and that he didn't appear nearly as much as he did when Columbine happened is a clear indication his credibility is slipping. And this latest announcement has severely crippled his crusade as well. The dismissal of the Cody Posey case and his eventual (I hope) disbarment will be the final nails in his coffin.

I think this is potentially great news, but by the terms of the agreement it looks like Thompson could still orchestrate a lawsuit as long as he's pulling the strings of some other lawyer or organization. He's just not allowed to be the guy filing the lawsuit.

@Awol

No, it's T2's lawyers that filed the court contempt so they are free to drop it if they wish so. However the judge in the Bully case filed a bar complaint toward Jack Thompson. These are two different but I guess you could say related things.

@Toastrider

I believe he's still under investigation, including for the complaint from the judge that presided over the original contempt charge before he reclused himself.
-- If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap...

Who wants to bet that Jacky Boy will throw out some law suit against the companies that have T2 and Rockstar's games on them? Get to the company without getting to the company, more or less.

The unfortunate side effect of this agreement is that it doesn't do much to hinder Thompson from pursuing his litigation. He can still represent his clients, who he actively solicits. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see him try to take on Sierra in the wake of the VT shootings.

Out of curiousity, is Thompson still being disciplined by the Florida bar?

--TR

Guys, guys...this is perfect. This essentially shuts Thompson up outside of his legal right to free speech. Basically, he's going to have to find somebody else to annoy and get media attention for his ego.

Di anyone see the interview between Thompson and Chris Matthews of Hardball? Thompson repeatedly stated that he "knew" that Hui had CS on his computer and that his roommate was lying about Hui's computer usage. Thompson also stated that there is no way that an average human being can fire a round into someone else without increasing their heartrate, unless they play video games.

Who is he to know how fast anyone's heart is beating? Was he following Hui with a freaking stethoscope? Truth is, motive and return fire would more than likely account for an increase in heartrate, not the act of killing others with impunity. The problem lies in the act of firing a gun. It's simply point and pull trigger. That's what allowed people to increase efficieny over previous weapons. Heartrate increase has nothing to do with the mind and motive of a depraved individual who would commite these type of crimes.

Oooh, nice, if JT breaks the agreement, T2 gets to sue for injunctive relief, and is entitled to JT paying their legal fees.

Ouch.
-- If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap...

I really can't see him actually following this settlement. He's violated Judge's orders in the past when it suits his agenda.

I wonder if there's any penalties attached to violating the settlement? I haven't read through all the legalese yet.
-- If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap...

Thier games might be violent but you can't argue they aren't caring/thoughtful/fair.

It was a rather interesting compromise.

This may be jumping the gun, but from what I can see from this settlement...

The game industry won. That's right Jack, we won. There's no shame in losing at something, alright? Take it like a man.

"T2 has also agreed to drop the Bully contempt of court matter."

How is this possible.... isn't the contempt charge from the court not T2? Ok I am missing something here... Jack didn't something wrong in court and the judge held him in contempt but T2 has the right to drop that?

Can someone in the law field please fill me in on what I am missing.

He will never live up to the agreement. Jack Thompson is above the law, always remember that! And now that he has to show restraint against one of his favorite targets, he'll either brake the agreement or pop a gasket! And let's not forget... There is a very good chance he'll be disbarred anyway.

I promise that JT will violate this settlement within one year. Guaranteed.

Bleh the Legalese link isn't working.

So what's happened now that he has broke the agreement?
 
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