Nerds in Court reported earlier this year about the lawsuit video game maker Gate Five brought against Beyonce relating to the game “Beyonce: Starpower” for $100 million. Gate Five alleges that they invested $7 million into the project which was being developed with Beyonce, when the star supposedly sought to get more money out of the deal. Gate Five says it refused and Beyonce walked out on the project, costing them their $7 million investment, $100 million in profits, and resulting in the lay-off of numerous employees.
This week, the New York Supreme Court judge who is overseeing the case denied a motion to dismiss by Beyonce’s lawyers. This can be confusing for a couple reasons. First, in NY, the trial courts are called Supreme Courts, so it is not that the lawsuit actually went to the highest appellate court in NY. Second, motions to dismiss are infrequently granted, since the judge is not actually weighing the evidence, only determining if the allegations constitute a suit that could win. It is still a long way from Gate Five prevailing and we’ll keep our eyes on this story as it develops.