They didn’t exactly kiss and make up, but Grand Theft Auto publisher Take Two Interactive and anti-game attorney Jack Thompson have apparently reached settlement on a pair of pending legal actions in Florida.
One immediate result is that Thompson will no longer have to worry about being jailed for contempt of court in regard to last October’s Bully case.
GamePolitics readers may recall that Take Two filed suit against Thomspon in a Florida federal court last month. T2’s action was primarily based upon Thompson’s threats to sue to block sales of upcoming Rockstar games Manhunt 2 and Grand Theft Auto IV.
Thompson promptly filed a countersuit whch was highlighted by charges that Take Two violated federal racketeering (RICO) statutes. The controversial attorney also accused several prominent game media outlets (including GamePolitics) of participating in a vast conspiracy against him. However, as reported by GamePolitics, an amended complaint subsequently filed by Thompson quietly dropped the RICO allegations
In the settlement, filed with Federal District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga, Thompson has agreed that he:
1.) will not sue or threaten to sue to block sale or distribution of any game published by Take Two or its subsidiaries (i.e., Rockstar).
2.) will not communicate to Take Two or anyone doing business with T2 (like, say Wal-Mart) any accusation that the company committed any wrongdoing by selling its games. Thompson is not restricted from criticizing the content of T2 games, nor is he prevented from acting as counsel in lawsuits brought against Take Two by other parties
3.) will make any future contacts with T2 through its attorneys
For its part Take Two has agreed to dismiss the federal lawsuit and Thompson will drop his counterclaim. T2 has also agreed to drop the Bully contempt of court matter. There was to have been a hearing on the case tomorrow morning, and Thompson could potentially have been jailed if he were found to be in contempt by a Miami-Dade County judge.
Read all of the settlement legalese here.