RI Secretary of State Loses in Court Over 38 Studios Lobbying Investigation

December 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A Rhode Island Superior Court judge has ruled that secretary of state Ralph Mollis must pay attorney's fees and court costs for involving the court in a lobbying investigation related to Curt Schilling's 38 Studios.

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'Killzone: Shadow Fall' Class Action Lawsuit Can Proceed, Judge Rules

December 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

United States District Court Judge Edward Chen for the Northern District Court of California has ruled that a class action lawsuit related to Sony Computer Entertainment's Killzone: Shadow Fall will proceed. In August lead plaintiff Douglas Ladore filed a class action lawsuit against SCE claiming that the company lied about the graphics quality of Killzone: Shadow Fall for PS4 in its marketing materials, PR and public statements. He claims in his lawsuit that the game was advertised to have full 1080p high-definition resolution graphics, but it didn't measure up to those claims.

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EFF Challenges Personal Audio's 'Podcasting Patent Claims' Before the USPTO This Week

December 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will argue before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Wednesday that it should invalidate the key claims of patents used by Personal Audio to sue podcasters. You may know Personal Audio best for its fight with comedian Adam Carolla, who the company messed with and then quietly settled out of court.

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Lawsuit Alleges Comcast Using Customer Routers to Create Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

December 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A federal class action accuses cable provider Comcast of making its residential customers bear the cost of a secondary wi-fi network using the wireless routers of its customers. Lead plaintiff Toyer Grear sued Comcast on Dec. 4 and seeks to certification of a class of Xfinity Internet Service customers and a subclass of all California households that have subscribed to the service.

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Activision Prevails in 'Angry Monkey' Military Patch Lawsuit

December 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The United States District Court for Northern California has sided with Activision in a case brought against it by military patch maker Mil-Spec Monkey, Inc. for including one of its trademarked patches in Call of Duty: Ghosts. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg said that the plaintiff's trademarked Angry Monkey patch used by Activision was covered as protected speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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Firm Representing General Patton Sues Game Publisher

December 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

CMG Worldwide is suing game publisher Maximum over its History Channel-branded turn-based strategy game Legends of War: Patton. The company represents the World War II era U.S. Army General's interests - along with other rights holders of long dead celebrities including wrestling legend Andre The Giant, actor James Dean, and others.

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Appeals Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Idaho Woman's Case Against NSA Next Week

December 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An appeals court will hear oral arguments in Smith v. Obama, a case filed by an Idaho nurse against the Nation Security Agency's controversial telephone data collection program, in Seattle on Monday, Dec. 8.

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Actor Sues Nintendo for Heart Troubles

December 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An actor named Parker Mills is suing Nintendo. Mills was hired to play the role of the Donkey Kong during a May 24, 2013 event at the Los Angeles Zoo to celebrate the launch of a Nintendo 3DS game, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.

Mills’ lawsuit against Nintendo was filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. According to one of his attorneys, Tyler Barnett, Mills - wearing a heavy Donkey Kong costume - was denied breaks and not provided with the required ice pack to cool him down as he talked to zoo guests in the hot sun.

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Nintendo and Philips Settle Patent Disputes

December 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo and Philips have come to an agreement that pretty much settles a patent infringement case between the two companies filed earlier this year. Philips claimed that, prior to suing Nintendo, it attempted to set up licensing deals for the patents it believed the company was infringing on.. since 2011. Nintendo mostly ignored the company's inquiries (according to Philips' characterization of the situation), causing Philips to sue Nintendo and seek a ban of the company's allegedly infringing products in the U.S.

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Kim Dotcom Wins Against U.S Government in Bail Violation Hearing

December 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has managed to fend off an attempt by the U.S. government to put him back in jail in his home country of New Zealand for allegedly violating the terms of his bail.

Last week, New Zealand authorities, working on behalf of American prosecutors, claimed that the Megaupload founder had "breached bail conditions by having indirect contact with one of his accused; that he is a flight risk because he has the money to skip the country; and that he has been dishonest about his finances by trying to sell a NZ$500,000 Rolls Royce in London."

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Sanction Hearing Against RI Secretary of State Begin This Week

December 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Oral arguments will be heard Tuesday in a Rhode Island Superior Court hearing to determine whether soon-to-be former Rhode Island Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis abused the judiciary system. The case revolves around Mollis involving the RI Superior Court in his administrative hearings investigating "unregistered lobbying" by attorney Michael Corso on behalf of 38 Studios prior to the company receiving a state-backed loan for $75 million loan in 2010.

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Boston Man Sentenced for Attempted Murder of UK Girlfriend He Met in 'RuneScape'

November 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Twenty-year-old Boston man Shane Coffey has been sentenced in the UK for attempting to kill his online girlfriend and her brother in their Hook Road, Epsom, Surrey home on April 18. Coffey met 19-year-old Farha Dowlut in the online MMORPG Runescape when she was 13-years-old. They became close friends and later began dating online. Over the years they spent time gaming and chatting online. Dowlut eventually broke off the relationship because she feared that her Muslim family would not approve (because Coffey was not a Muslim).

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Google and Cisco Settle With Rockstar

November 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This is an alarming trend: two major technology companies have settled with Rockstar (no, not the makers of Grand Theft Auto - another company named Rockstar). In 2011 Rockstar (a patent holding company financed by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony) bought up thousands of Nortel Network Corp patents for $4.5 billion.

The company then went about filing lawsuits against some pretty big players including Cisco and Google, among others.

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Activision Blizzard Settles With Shareholders Over Vivendi Stock Repurchase Plan

November 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Activision Blizzard has settled its lawsuit filed by shareholders after the company bought back a controlling interest in the former majority stakeholder Vivendi in 2013.

In a press release announcing the settlement, which still requires the approval of the Delaware court where the class action lawsuit was filed, the board of directors said the following:

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Former Snail Games Employee Sues Company for 'Race Discrimination'

November 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

David Runyan, the former Director of Game Operations for the U.S. division of Chinese MMO company Snail Games, is suing the company for "race discrimination. According to Runyan's lawsuit, Snail Games CEO Shi Hai treated his "white American" employees differently than his Chinese American and Chinese employees, and often questioned his white employees' motives.

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Report: One of Leland Yee's Trials Getting Fast Tracked

November 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like the racketeering and political corruption case against suspended state Sen. Leland Yee is getting fast tracked. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer on Wednesday set Yee's trial for early next year, according to a report in the San Jose Mercury News.

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A Long Overdue Correction and an Apology to Brad Wardell

November 11, 2014 - James Fudge

On September 16, 2012 GamePolitics published a story about Brad Wardell and Stardock Systems entitled "Report: Stardock Sued Former Marketing Manager After She Sued CEO for Sexual Harassment." In that report we echoed a false narrative that Stardock's lawsuit against former marketing manager Alexandra Miseta was filed in retaliation for her filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against Stardock CEO Brad Warde

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BitTorrent Wins $2.2 Million from German Company in U.S. Court

November 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this TorrentFreak report, BitTorrent Inc. (the parent company of the popular file-sharing tools uTorrent and BitTorrent) has over $2.2 million in damages from a German company that used brand confusion to sell things to unsuspecting users. The company, Bittorrent Marketing GMBH, did not show up for court and lost by default, according to the report.

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High Profile Patent Attorney In Hot Water Over Sharing Email

November 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit published a very public reprimand to patent lawyer Edward Reines of law firm Weil Gotshal. The rare order (PDF) details the disciplinary action against Reines for having a too-friendly relationship with now former Chief Appeals Court Judge Rader (he resigned after an email detailing a cozy relationship with Reines became public.

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Glu Mobile Sues Hothead Games for Copyright and Trade Dress Infringement

November 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this GamesBeat report, Glu Mobile has filed a lawsuit against mobile game studio Hothead Games for allegedly copying its popular Deer Hunter 2014 mobile game with its game Kill Shot. In Kill Shot, you don't hunt animals; you play as a sniper that hunts enemy targets. But Glu alleges in a federal lawsuit filed in the San Francisco court that Hothead’s game violates copyright and trade infringement laws.

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Fugitive Pirate Bay Co-Founder Captured in Thailand

November 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Another co-founder of Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay has been arrested. Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, known by his hacker name TiAMO, was detained in the north-eastern town of Nong Khai while trying to cross into Thailand from Laos, according to what local police tell BBC.

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Court Dismisses Manuel Noriega's Lawsuit Against Activision

October 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega against Call of Duty maker Activision. In his lawsuit filed in July, Noriega claimed that his likeness was used without his permission in Treyarch's first-person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. In the game protagonists Alex Mason and Frank Woods track Noriega (codenamed False Profit by the CIA) to the outskirts of Panama City.

Noriega sued Activision for the "blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain" of his image in Black Ops 2.

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Apple Triumphs Over GPNE Corp. in $94 Million Patent Infringement Lawsuit

October 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A San Jose, California jury ruled that Apple's products do not infringe two patents owned by GPNE Corp., a patent-holding company that has licensed its patents to more than 20 other large firms. According Ars Technica, the jury ruled that two patents, numbered 7,570,954 and 7,792,492, were valid but Apple didn't violate them.

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Judge Rules That EA's Confidence in 'Battlefield 4' Does Not Equate to Securities Fraud

October 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A U.S. District Court has ruled that Electronic Arts cannot be held liable for securities fraud for being confident about the launch of Battlefield 4. Last year two plaintiffs representing a class of investors sued EA for making "false and misleading assurances" to investors that its latest game in the Battlefield series was ready for launch.

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Actor Sues 'The Simpsons' Maker For Infringing on His 'Goodfellas' Character

October 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Actor Frank Sivero, who played Frankie Carbone in the popular movie Goodfellas, has filed a lawsuit against the creators of The Simpsons, seeking $250 million for "ripping off" the character he played in the 1990 film (the lovable gangster Louie).

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Megaupload Founder Ordered to Turn Over Personal Financial Information to Hollywood Studios

October 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has to share his personal financial information with Hollywood, according to a ruling by the New Zealand High Court. While Hollywood (or rather, those in Hollywood suing him) will be given access to his financial information, the public will not be provided with this information.

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Multiplayer Network Innovations Files 26 Patent Infringement Lawsuits Between August and October

October 16, 2014 - James Fudge

Multiplayer Network Innovations, LLC has added Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Tecmo Koei Games Co., Ltd., Iron Galaxy Studios, LLC, Tencent Holdings Limited, and Tencent America to its growing list of court room combatants in multiple lawsuits claiming that these companies violate an abstract patent for "Interactive Multiple Player Game System and Method of Playing a Game Between at Least Two Players," or "MNI."

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Melbourne Murder Trial Testimony Focuses on 'Call of Duty Training'

October 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Testimony in the trial of a 19-year-old from Melbourne, Australia man who stabbed a homeless person to death in January after an altercation, seems to be trying to create the defense that Call of Duty had a strong influence on the defendant's state of mind. Easton George Woodhead is facing a murder charge for repeatedly stabbing Morgan Wayne "Mousey" Perry at an encampment of homeless people living on the banks of Melbourne's Yarra River.

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Megaupload Founder Accuses Government of Charging Him With 'Nonexistent Crimes'

October 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Lawyers for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom have filed a response to the U.S. government's attempt to size his assets, saying that it is trying to claim his property and charge him with a crime that is non-existent under current U.S. laws about copyright infringement.

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Association of Flight Attendants Sues FAA Over Lifting Electronic Device Ban on Flights

October 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to Time's Techland, flight attendants are suing to reinstitute a ban on using electronics during flights. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, the largest union representing flight attendants in the United States, filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday, saying that the federal agency should have upheld a ban on the use of smartphones and tablets during takeoff and landing.

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PHX Corp@Adam802 We'll break out the popcorn in June12/19/2014 - 9:23pm
ZippyDSMleeMaskedPixelante: I'm itching to start it too but I will wait till the patch goes live. >>12/19/2014 - 7:52pm
Adam802Leland Yee and Jackson get trial date: http://sfbay.ca/2014/12/18/leland-yee-keith-jackson-get-trial-date/12/19/2014 - 5:24pm
MaskedPixelanteNevermind. Turns out when they said "the patch is now live", they meant "it's still in beta".12/19/2014 - 5:07pm
MaskedPixelanteSo I bought Dark Souls PC, and it's forcing me to log into GFWL. Did I miss something?12/19/2014 - 5:00pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/12/republicans-may-have-plan-to-save-internet-providers-from-utility-rules/ this is intreasting. congress may put net nutrality in to law to avoid title 2 classification12/19/2014 - 2:45pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.polygon.com/2014/12/19/7421953/bullshit-cards-against-humanity-donated-250k-sunlight-foundation I have to admit I like the choice o organization. congrats to CAH.12/19/2014 - 1:51pm
E. Zachary KnightIf you are downloading a copy in order to bypass the DRM, then you are legally in the wrong. Ethically, if you bought the game, it doesn't matter where you download it in the future.12/19/2014 - 12:06pm
InfophileEZK: Certainly better that way, though not foolproof. Makes me think though: does it count as piracy if you download a game you already paid for, just not from the place you paid for it at? Ethically, I'd say no, but legally, probably yes.12/19/2014 - 11:20am
ZippyDSMleeAnd I still spent 200$ in the last month on steam/GOG stuff sales get me nearly every time ><12/19/2014 - 10:55am
ZippyDSMleeMaskedPixelante:And this is why I'm a one legged bandit.12/19/2014 - 10:51am
ZippyDSMleeE. Zachary Knight: I buy what I can as long as I can get cracks for it...then again it I could have gotton Lords of the Fallen for 30 with DLC I would have ><12/19/2014 - 10:50am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/12/19/marvel-vs-capcom-origins-leaving-online-storefronts-soon/ Speaking of "last chance to buy", Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is getting delisted from all major storefronts. Behold the wonders of the all digital future.12/19/2014 - 9:59am
MaskedPixelanteSeriously, the so-called "Last Chance" sale was up to 80% off, while this one time only return sale goes for a flat 85% off with a 90% off upgrade if you buy the whole catalogue.12/19/2014 - 9:37am
E. Zachary KnightInfophile, Tha is why I buy only DRM-free games.12/19/2014 - 9:37am
MaskedPixelanteNordic is back on GOG for one weekend only. And at 85% off no less, which is kind of a slap in the face to people who paid more during the "NORDIC IS LEAVING FOREVER BUY NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE" sale, but whatever...12/19/2014 - 9:28am
InfophileRe PHX's link: This is one of the reasons the digital revolution isn't all it's cracked up to be. There's also the flip side where Sony can block access to games you've bought if they ban your account for unrelated reasons. All power is theirs.12/19/2014 - 8:52am
MaskedPixelantehttp://uplay.ubi.com/#!/en-US/events/uplay-15-days You can win FREE GAMES FOR A YEAR! Unfortunately, they're Ubisoft games.12/18/2014 - 6:29pm
Papa MidnightAh, so it was downtime. I've been seeing post appear in my RSS feed, but I was unable to access GamePolitics today across several ISPs.12/18/2014 - 6:06pm
james_fudgeSorry for the downtime today, folks.12/18/2014 - 5:54pm
 

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