Thompson adds ESRB as Defendant in Best Buy Suit

On Monday GamePolitics reported on game-hatin’ attorney Jack Thompson’s plan to file a lawsuit against Best Buy, allegedly for selling M-rated games to minors.

Thompson issued a press release yesterday, stating that he had indeed filed the suit in the Miami-Dade County Circuit Court and providing a case number (07-36080).

As we reported, the claim against Best Buy suit looks as if it will be going nowhere. Thompson has also apparently named the ESRB in the suit. That looks like a non-starter as well. His explanation:

The ESRB has been sued by Thompson because it is well known that it a) is owned and operated by the video game industry, b) does not even play the games it rates to conclusion, c) routinely mislabels games as to age appropriateness, per testimony before the U.S. Congress, and is engaged in representations to American parents that the age label are accurate and are keeping “Mature” games out of the hands of kids…

Although we haven’t yet seen the complaint, Thompson also apparently takes a shot at Dr. David Walsh, president of the National Institute on Media and the Family. Relations between Thompson the NIMF head have been frosty ever since Walsh publicly distanced himself from Thompson as reported in a GamePolitics exclusive. Thompson writes:

[The lawsuit] details the relationship between Best Buy and the alleged “video game industry watchdog” organization called the National Institute for Media and the Family headed by David Walsh.  Both are located in Minneapolis. 

GP: Both located in the same city? OMG, they must be guilty!

Attorney Mark Methenitis has a thought-provoking commentary on Thompson’s latest stunt at his Law of the Game blog.

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