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Celebrities, Music, Video Games

BEYONCE’S MOTION TO DISMISS DENIED IN VIDEO GAME LAWSUIT

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.

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John G. Nowakowski, Esq. (LLMT), is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in California and Nevada. Christina R. Evola, Esq. is a recent graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law where her studies focused on intellectual property, antitrust, and media law. She is a lifelong gamer and avid cosplayer. DISCLAIMER: ‘Nerds in Court’ is for entertainment purposes only. Nothing should be construed as legal advice, or any advice for that matter, and no attorney-client relationship is formed by reading these posts. Do not consider information provided here as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a qualified, licensed attorney in your state.

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