California Agrees to Pay ESA $950k for Brown v. EMA Court Costs

January 26, 2012 -

The state of California has agreed to pay the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) $950,000 in legal fees related to arguing Brown v. EMA before the U.S. Supreme Court. When combined with reimbursements for the 2008 case (which the state already paid), the grand total that California paid the ESA comes to $1,327,000.

Citizens in California, living in a state that is deeply in debt, have one more reason to be angry with lawmakers in Sacramento including Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), current Governor Jerry Brown (Democrat) and former Governor Schwarzenegger (Republican).

"Senator Yee and Governor Schwarzenegger wasted more than $1 million in taxpayer funds at a time when Californians could ill afford it," said Mike Gallagher, president and CEO of ESA. "However we feel strongly that some of these funds should be used to improve services for California's youth."

The ESA said that it plans to donate some of the money to "develop after-school educational programs for underserved communities in Oakland and Sacramento."

Given the budget shortfalls in cities and states across the country, lawmakers should focus their energy on something they can win at. The fight against video games is not one of those endeavors.

Source: ESA by way of Joystiq


Comments

Re: California Agrees to Pay ESA $950k for Brown v. EMA ...

Keep voting for the same jackasses over and over again.

Re: California Agrees to Pay ESA $950k for Brown v. EMA ...

Dear ESA,

Define "some" and then define what exactly the rest is going for.

Given your recent stance on issues that will affect gamers, you owe an explanation for each and every penny that passes through you until gamers can trust you again.

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Re: California Agrees to Pay ESA $950k for Brown v. EMA ...

It's a shame that Yee and Schwarzenegger aren't the ones paying the money instead of California's taxpayers.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Pelicans. Solidarity for the Saints = No retreat, no surrender. 2013 = Saints' revenge on the NFL. Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always.

Re: California Agrees to Pay ESA $950k for Brown v. EMA ...

It's always been my logic that if the politicians themselves paid out of pocket for any failed law they would be a fuckton more careful about what they propose.

Unfortunately, for that to happen the senate would have to pass it, and since they are more fond of voting themselves pay raises, well, snowball's chance in hell.

Re: California Agrees to Pay ESA $950k for Brown v. EMA ...

This is supposed to be good news, but recent events mean I can only shrug at this outcome.  Both California and the ESA sound like failed organizations right now.

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Re: California Agrees to Pay ESA $950k for Brown v. EMA ...

The ESA said that it plans to donate some of the money to "develop after-school educational programs for underserved communities in Oakland and Sacramento."

And the rest of it to buy politicians to push through shitty anti-piracy legislation.

A low blow, but I'm still pissed at the ESA.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: California Agrees to Pay ESA $950k for Brown v. EMA ...

I'd hardly call being upset with an organization supporting job-murdering legislation a low blow.  I think you're good.

 
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