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ARGUMENTS BEGAN AND ENDED IN 38 STUDIOS MOTION TO DISMISS: NO “OPENING ARGUMENTS”

It is being widely reported that the Providence Journal reported that Opening Arguments began in the Rhode Island case against 38 Studios, the producer of Kingdoms of Amalur. Nerds in Court previously covered the story here though little progress has been made other than repeated attempts by the 14 Defendants, including former star pitcher Curt Schilling, … Continue reading

IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WON’T COME: KINGDOM OF RHODE ISLAND IS RECKONING TO TAKE OVER ASSETS OF AMALUR CREATOR 38 STUDIOS WHICH SPENT $133 MILLION BEFORE GOING BANKRUPT, INCLUDING $50 MILLION OF PITCHER’S PERSONAL FORTUNE

In 2005, Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling was a huge fan of massive multiplayer online role-playing games, aka MMORPGs, of which World of Warcraft is probably the most famous example. At a family gathering, Schilling asked his uncle, a retired business executive, about starting their own game company, and begin recruiting friends to join the … Continue reading

ELECTRONIC ARTS SETTLES CLASS ACTION FOR $27 MILLION OVER VIDEOGAME PRICE-FIXING

In 2008, a class action was filed in the Northern District of California against Electronic Arts, Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) (“EA”) for fixing prices of their football videogames. The essential allegations were that through signing exclusive licensing deals with the NFL, AFL, and NCAA (both pro-leagues and the college league), EA cornered the market on football … Continue reading

UBISOFT SUED OVER “TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: PATRIOTS” TRAILER

Videogame releases, particularly big titles like Ubisoft’s “Rainbow 6″ based off of Tom Clancy, are preceded by action-packed trailers and ads to hype the game. A two-minute trailer is fairly standard, and most gamers or those who watch tv shows which gamers watch, have often seen these kinds of commercials. Ever wonder how much those … Continue reading

COMPOSER OF “BADSTREET USA” LOOKS TO SUPLEX THE WWE: LAWSUIT OVER WRESTLER ENTRANCE THEME MUSIC TRIGGERED BY CALL FROM VIDEOGAME DEVELOPER THQ

While flipping channels between PBS and the Science channel, you might have caught some professional wrestling at some point. If not, you should know that when there is to be a wrestling match, each wrestler comes out to the stage one at a time, to jeers or cheers from the waiting crowd. While covering the … Continue reading

MAKER OF SKYRIM SEEKS TO TRADEMARK “FUS RO DAH” AND UNRELETINGLY FORCE KNOCKOFF SHIRTS AWAY

In case you are not one of the over 10 million people who have purchased Elder Scroll V: Skyrim since its critically acclaimed release in November, “Fus Ro Dah” is magical shout. As a dragon-born in the game, your character is able to learn power phrases, including “Fus Ro Dah,” which means ‘unrelenting force’ and … Continue reading

NOTCH SAGA COMES TO NOT-AS-COOL-AS-A-DEATHMATCH END: BETHESDA SETTLES ‘SCROLLS’ LAWSUIT WITH CREATOR OF MINECRAFT

Nerds in Court has followed the lawsuit of Bethesda, creator of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, against Majong Studios since it was first filed.  Majong Studios, creator of the popular Minecraft game, were sued over the title of their upcomingScrolls game.  At one point, Majong Studios head Markus ‘Notch’ Persson offered to settle the lawsuit with a Quake deathmatch, … Continue reading

DON’T GET TO THE CHOPPER!: ELECTRONIC ARTS SUES TEXTRON OVER FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT TO USE BELL HELICOPTERS IN VIDEO GAMES LIKE BATTLEFIELD 3

Textron, Inc. was ranked as the 220th largest company on the Fortune 500 list in 2010. It owns companies like Bell Helicopters and Cessna Aircrafts, while Textron Systems makes cluster bombs. Electronic Arts (EA) is the #1 publisher of games in the US and Europe, with most of the major sports titles, as well as … Continue reading

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN LITIGATION; EA/ACTIVISION LAWSUIT GOING TO JURY NEXT YEAR

In 2002, Jason Ward and Vince Zampella (along with another person, Grant Collier) formed a gaming company called Infinity Ward. They brought around two dozen people with them that had previously worked with them on the on the Medal of Honor series of games for another gaming company. Activision was an early supporter of Infinity … Continue reading

“OTHER OS” USERS LOSE LAWSUIT AGAINST SONY OVER PS3 UPDATE

When Sony released the PS3 in 2006 it came with an “Other OS” feature, or other operating system. It allowed users to boot other operating systems, namely Linux, on the PS3. For many PS3 users, “Other OS” is a feature that would never be used. You can buy and play your normal PS3 games, use … Continue reading

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