Australian Consumer Watch Dog Group Sues Valve Over Steam Refund Policy

August 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GamesBeat reports that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken Valve Software to court over its "no refunds" policy on Steam.

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Principle Player in Leland Yee Arms Trading Case Dies

August 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a report in the San Francisco Examiner, the dentist who allegedly facilitated an arms trading deal between rebels in the southern part of the Philippines and a party in the United States represented by now-suspended California state senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco - pictured) has died.

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Rhode Island Receives First Settlement Payment in 38 Studios Lawsuit

August 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Officials for the state of Rhode Island announced this week that its first settlement payment from its ongoing lawsuit with principles involved in the failed 38 Studios $75 million loan deal has been received. According to a Providence Journal report, the state received a $4.37 million check this week from the insurance company representing two of the 14 defendants in the case. After expenses, the state will be able to bank about $3.2 million.

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Rockstar Calls Lindsay Lohan's GTA V Lawsuit 'Frivolous'

August 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Grand Theft Auto V maker Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two Interactive responded to Lindsay Lohan's lawsuit in a Manhattan Court filing on Tuesday. The companies said in their response to Lohan's lawsuit that the Hollywood star "filed [the lawsuit] for publicity purposes." They also called the lawsuit frivolous.

They are asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit and for Lohan to pay its legal fees.

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38 Studios-Related Legal Wrangling Continues in Rhode Island

August 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Rhode Island Secretary of State’s office held a hearing this morning in a continuation on the probe into possible lobbying violations by Providence attorney Michael Corso, according to WPRI Target 12 News. Corso represented 38 Studios to state officials without registering as a lobbyist in 2010, according to Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis.

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Capcom Sues Koei Tecmo For Patent Infringement

August 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Capcom is suing fellow Japanese developer and publisher Koei Tecmo for allegedly infringing on a number of its patents, according to a Sankei report translated by Siliconera. The patents relate to letting players in a new game import or unlock content from an older title and the use of a controller vibration to alert players of nearby enemies.

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NCAA Appeals O'Bannon Lawsuit Decision

August 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The NCAA appealed a federal judge's injunction in the case involving former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, which prohibiting it from enforcing rules against student-athletes being paid for the use of their names, images and likenesses. The appeal was filed in the 9th Circuit court late Wednesday, and was not a great surprise to anyone following the case - the NCAA announced its intention to appeal after Wilken's ruling was released on Aug. 8.

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Arbiter Orders Bungie to Return Stock to Marty O’Donnell

August 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Bungie has to return the founders’ shares in the game studio that it took away from former music and audio chief Marty O’Donnell, according to a ruling made in an arbitration proceeding.

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Anaheim Couple Sentenced For Imprisoning Young Children to Play 'World of Warcraft'

August 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An Anaheim, California couple have been sentenced for neglecting their two young daughters to play World of Warcraft over a three-year period. Lester Louis Huffmire and his wife Petra Huffmire, both 41-years-old and resident of Anaheim, were sentenced to five years in prison on August 5.

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Report: Sega Ready to Pay $1.25 Million to Settle 'Colonial Marines' Lawsuit

August 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sega of America wants to settle a lawsuit that accuses it and developer Gearbox Software of misleading consumers with advertising and trade-show demonstrations of Aliens: Colonial Marines... and then releasing a substandard product. The publisher has reportedly agreed to pay out $1.25 million in order to settle the class-action suit but documents uncovered by Polygon show that Gearbox Software continues to fight against the lawsuit.

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Big Fish Games Accused of Hiding Game Subscription Details in New Lawsuit

August 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A Washington woman has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Seattle against Big Fish Games. The lawsuit alleges that the causal game publisher is tricking customers into signing up for monthly payments on game subscriptions. Carolyn Carnahan, who has filed on behalf of herself and other possible class members, is accusing the publisher of enrolling her and other customers in a membership program without notifying the consumer in an obvious way first.

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Sony Sued Over 'Killzone: Shadow Fall' Graphics

August 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Sony Computer Entertainment in California's Northern District Court accusing the company of falsely advertising that the PS4 launch title Killzone: Shadow Fall featured 1080p graphics. The lawsuit filed by plaintiff Douglas Ladore is seeking certification as a class and designating Ladore as the lead plaintiff in the case.

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Apple and Samsung Agree To Drop All Patent Lawsuits Outside the U.S.

August 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a joint announcement Apple and Samsung have agreed to halt all legal cases against each other outside the United States. The two companies have been suing each other around the world over a range of patent disputes in nine countries outside the U.S., including the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, Germany, etc. In the joint statement the companies said that the agreement "does not involve any licensing arrangements," and that they would continue to pursue existing cases in U.S. courts.

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RI Judge: General Treasurer Must Give a Deposition in 38 Studios Lawsuit

August 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A Rhode Island judge ruled on Friday that the state's current General Treasurer, Gina Raimondo, must submit to a deposition in the 38 Studios lawsuit filed by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. The lawsuit is the state's attempt at recouping money from the failed $75 million state loan guarantee given to Curt Schilling's video game company in 2010.

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Leading California Newspapers Sue Senate for Suspended Senators' Records

August 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Several newspapers in California filed a lawsuit in the Sacramento Superior Court against the California Senate because they are seeking the legislative calendars and appointment books of two suspended members. The lawsuit was filed Thursday, and asks the court to compel the California Senate to release the legislative calendars and appointment books of suspended senators Leland Yee (pictured) and Ron Calderon.

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Gearbox Finally Responds to 'Aliens: Colonial Marines' Class Action Lawsuit Allegations in Court

July 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Gearbox Software has asked the Northern District of California Court to dismiss four claims against the developer in the class-action lawsuit related to Aliens: Colonial Marines. Lawyers for the developer say that it should have never been named in the lawsuit in the first place, because the lawsuit makes allegations about marketing and promotional activities that it did not have anything to do with - all that was handled by publisher Sega, the company asserts in its filing.

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Leland Yee Pleads 'Not Guilty' to Federal Racketeering Charges

July 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Suspended California state senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) pled "not guilty" to Racketeering charges in Federal Court today. After the proceedings Yee had no comment for the throng of media waiting for him outside the court house.

Yee is accused of offering to help undercover FBI agents buy assault weapons from suspected terrorist group Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Philippines, and for promising political favors and voting on specific bills in exchange for campaign contributions.

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Ex-Precursor Games Developer Sentenced for Child Pornography Charge, Faces More Charges Next Month

July 30, 2014 - James Fudge

Former Silicon Knights director and Precursor Games co-founder Kenneth McCulloch has been sentenced to "time served" by the Ontario Court of Justice on a 2013 charge for "making child pornography available," according to this Polygon report - citing a report from the Welland Tribune.

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More Delays in 38 Studios Lobbying Hearings

July 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Providence Journal reports that a hearing looking into 38 Studios' lobbying activities prior to securing the now-infamous $75 million loan from the state of Rhode Island, has been delayed to late-August.

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Samsung Uses Recent SCOTUS Decision in Long-Running Patent Fight With Apple

July 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court gave a crushing blow to supposed patent trolls with last month's ruling in Alice v. CLS Bank, Samsung is trying to use that same ruling to knock out two claims by Apple in its long running feud over mobile device patents. The Supreme Court decision in Alice v. CLS Bank basically said that lower courts should be throwing out more cases that involve patents that are too abstract in nature to be legally valid.

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Racketeering Added to Leland Yee's Long List of Federal Charges

July 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A federal grand jury has added a racketeering charge to suspended California State Senator (D- San Francisco) Leland Yee's list of charges which includes gun-trafficking, corruption, and other felony counts. The indictment came Thursday and supersedes the charges that prosecutors filed in March against Yee, alleged Chinatown mobster leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, Yee campaign consultant Keith Jackson, and dozens of other defendants.

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Federal Judge Approves Settlements in NCAA Video Game Lawsuit

July 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken indicated that she would approve two settlements involving college football and men's basketball players who appeared in NCAA-branded video games developed and published by Electronic Arts, according to two plaintiffs' lawyers who took part in a preliminary approval hearing on Thursday.

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RI Judge Approves First Settlement in 38 Studios Lawsuit

July 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A Rhode Island judge has approved the first settlement in the lawsuit brought by the state’s economic development corp. against individuals and companies involved in brokering a $75 million bond to fund former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's 38 Studios.

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Sony Agrees to $15 Million Settlement in 2011 Security Breach Class Action Lawsuit

July 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony has agreed to a settlement concerning the PlayStation Network security breach of 2011, which saw various online services related to the PS3 and PSP go offline for months after hackers compromised Sony's security on PSN and walked away with millions of customers' private data.

Under the terms of the deal PSN users get a choice of an old PS3 or PSP game, or three months of the PlayStation Plus subscription service. The PS Plus option is only available to customer that live in the U.S.

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Apple Store Employee Lawsuit Certified as a Class Action by Calif. Judge

July 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A California judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed against the company by current and former Apple Store employees can be certified as a class action. Apple’s policies "made taking meal and rest breaks extremely difficult" and forced employees to work more than five hours without a break, noted California Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Prager in his decision to certify Felczer v. Apple, Inc. as a class-action lawsuit that covers an estimated 20,000 current and former Apple Store employees in the state.

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Rovio Files Trademark Lawsuit Against Young Star Toys & Gifts

July 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rovio Entertainment has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Young Star Toys & Gifts et al. claiming that the company is selling "counterfeit knockoffs" based on its popular Angry Birds games and characters.

The lawsuit was filed on July 22 in the California Central District Court against the Vernon, California-based company and its president Brian Yang (who is also the agent in residence, which means he deals with all legal issues including lawsuits).

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Bungie Settles With Former Composer

July 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GamesBeat reports that Marty O’Donnell, the composer for the hit shooter series Halo, has settled a lawsuit against Bungie chief executive Harold Ryan. A King County Superior Court judge in Seattle has approved a deal in which Ryan will pay O’Donnell more than $95,000 to settle legal claims related to a lawsuit that O’Donnell filed in May.

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Spanish Court Lifts File-Sharing Site Blocks

July 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

TorrentFreak reports that a Spanish court has overturned a lower court ruling that saw rights holders successfully block several file-sharing sites that they claim engaged in illegal file uploading and downloading.

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Report: Vivendi Considered Firing Activision CEO Bobby Kotick

July 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a Bloomberg report there was a serious discussion by Vivendi executives whether they should fire Activision CEO Bobby Kotick. That discussion happened last May while they were discussing selling Vivendi's stake back to Activision.

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Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II'

July 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Courthouse News highlights a lawsuit filed by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega against Activision for "blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain" of his image in the video game, "Call of Duty: Black Ops II."

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prh99I would be shocked if Nintendo said it was region free, or even made it optional like XBox 360 for that matter.09/02/2014 - 7:22pm
Matthew WilsonI should say the recent past.09/02/2014 - 6:58pm
Matthew Wilsongiven their past, I do not blame people for thinking they will not change. I think they will keep region locking too.09/02/2014 - 6:48pm
E. Zachary KnightMan. People have no confidence in Nintendo regarding region locking the New 3DS.09/02/2014 - 6:20pm
Andrew EisenThat doesn't mean there has to be a movie though. Having said that, I've no doubt that we will eventually get a Black Panther movie. But Stan Lee will probably learn about it around the same time you and I do.09/02/2014 - 2:34pm
MaskedPixelanteWell they have to get to him eventually. Captain America's shield didn't grow on a tree, the minerals to make it had to come from somewhere, and that somewhere is Wakanda.09/02/2014 - 2:31pm
E. Zachary KnightYes, but it has never been confirmed as in development, or even pre-production.09/02/2014 - 2:21pm
MaskedPixelanteBlack Panther's been on the short list for a while.09/02/2014 - 2:18pm
E. Zachary KnightIt is possible that Stan Lee mispoke. I don't think he knows everything Marvel movies. But it is a sweet idea if true.09/02/2014 - 2:04pm
Andrew EisenSo says Stan Lee who almost certainly wouldn't know.09/02/2014 - 2:04pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.cinemablend.com/new/Marvel-Black-Panther-Movie-Confirmed-By-Stan-Lee-66993.html Black Panther is apparently getting a movie. And maybe one for Black Widow, even though I think it's too late for her.09/02/2014 - 1:53pm
Cheater87Look what FINALLY came to Australia uncut! http://www.gamespot.com/articles/left-4-dead-2-gets-reclassified-in-australia/1100-6422038/09/02/2014 - 6:49am
Andrew EisenHence the "Uh, yeah. Obviously."09/02/2014 - 12:53am
SleakerI think Nintendo has proven over the last 2 years that it doesn't.09/02/2014 - 12:31am
Andrew EisenSleaker - Uh, yeah. Obviously.09/01/2014 - 8:20pm
Sleaker@AE - exclusives do not a console business make.09/01/2014 - 8:03pm
Papa MidnightI find it disappointing that, despite the presence of a snopes article and multiple articles countering it, people are still spreading a fake news story about a "SWATter" being sentenced to X (because the number seems to keep changing) years in prison.09/01/2014 - 5:08pm
Papa MidnightAnd resulting in PC gaming continuing to be held back by developer habits09/01/2014 - 5:07pm
Papa MidnightI find it disappointing that the current gen of consoles is representative of 2009-2010 in PC gaming, and will be the bar by which games are released over the next 8 years - resulting in more years of poor PC ports (if they're ever ported)09/01/2014 - 5:06pm
Andrew EisenMeanwhile, 6 of Wii U's top 12 are exclusive: Mario 3D World, Nintendo Land, Pikmin 3, Mario Kart 8, Wonderful 101, and ZombiU. (Wind Waker HD is on the list too but I didn't count it.)09/01/2014 - 4:36pm
 

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