Controversial Miami attorney Jack Thompson has been teasing GamePolitics this week, claiming that a legislator in an unnamed “eastern state” has asked him to draft a video game law.
That’s a bit surprising, given that Federal Distict Court Judge James Brady’s complete rejection of Louisiana’s 2006 Thompson-drafted video game legislation is a matter of public record. What’s more, in the wake of Judge Brady’s ruling, the video game industry is seeking to recover significant legal fees from the Katrina-ravaged state.
GamePolitics has obtained court documents indicating that the amount in question is a whopping $157,548. By the way, stay in school, kids. A reading of the video game industry motion shows that lead attorney Katherine Fallow bills at $450 per hour.
Speaking of legal fees, ESA Senior VP and General Counsel Gail Markels detailed to Law.com more than $1.5 million recovered or pending from jurisdictions which have passed unconstitutional video game laws in the last five years. These include:
- Illinois – $510,000
- Indianapolis – $318,000
- St. Louis County – $180,000
- Washington – $344,000
- Michigan – $180,000
- Minnesota – $73,000
- Louisiana – $157,000
Markels told the website that the percentage of legal fees approved by federal judges has increased as “courts are starting to recognize these laws aren’t constitutional from introduction, and there’s no question they’ll be stricken.”