Jack Thompson Fires Back at EA, Says He Has a Client with a T2 Claim

March 6, 2008 -
...so by now you've read Electronic Arts stinging dismissal of controversial attorney Jack Thompson's offer to help it acquire Take Two Interactive. We've just received from Thompson this copy of his response to EA:
I have in the last few days been contacted by a company with whom Take-Two does business.  This company is now my client. 

My client informs me that Take-Two has breached a substantial contract with it.  It appears based upon what my client tells me that this is how Take-Two does business within the industry.  This does not surprise me, as I have seen this same company up-close for a number of years.  But it is surely gratifying to get corroboration of my observations, out of the blue, from a corporate entity which has been stiffed  by Take-Two and which must take legal action, it seems, to get recompense.  How sweet.

If you all at EA want to pursue a purchase of Take-Two without fully knowing what is “out there” in the form of liabilities, posed by my client and others, of your take-over target, you got [sic] right ahead.  I’m sure EA’s shareholders will be impressed with your lack of “due diligence” exhibited first by your “don’t help us, Mr. Thompson” and now your anticipated “we don’t want to know about contractual liabilities of Take-Two” posture.  Maybe the new corporate logo of EA should incorporate an ostrich...
 
Your corporate approach to due diligence exhibits the type of circle-the-wagons acumen that is leading the video game industry to the federal regulation that ESA’s own leaked poll indicates 65% of Americans want.

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Re: Jack Thompson Fires Back at EA, Says He Has a Client with a

Jack has done it again. It's difficult to comprehend such a level of stupidity! Forgive me, but I am a bit out of the loop when it comes to the "Poll" he mentions. :-/ Is it real? Is it yet another "fact" Jack's made up? Either way Video Games are art, and no one has any business censoring art.

So let me get this straight. John Bruce offered to help EA aquire T2. EA refuses his "help". He claims to have not received that rejection letter. He threatens to cause problems for EA for not accepting his help.

I think Iam on the level here.

I bet his idea of "helping" EA was to use this "client" of his to force T2 into considering the aquisition. But since EA doesn't want his "help" he is going to use this "client" to threaten EA into accepting his help.

Lovely.

I wonder if John Bruce fully disclosed to his "client" that he's facing disbarment and may very well not be able to function as their attorney for much longer.

You'll notice how he doesn't mention his "client's" name.

Too bad the rules and regulations of law don't require an attorney to divulge the identity of a "client" that the attorney envokes while making legal threats.

But I guess that's something else John Bruce would oppose. After all, if he couldn't make legal threats against someone without anything to actually back up his threats, he'd claim it was a violation of his Rights as a Christian (much like the lawsuit he had brought claiming the Florida Bar was trying to prevent him from using his religious beliefs in the performance of his job, which the lawsuit failed of course).

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@ vellocet

Well I'm sure that he plays GTA ;)
Why? do you ask.
Well here's evidence that he plays GTA, or should I say, some portion of it.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=NVAVLOXc4dE&feature=PlayList&p=BA01B64C6106AC...

But on the serious note, yeah, Elvis and Beatles were blamed as well by people who couldn't comprehend what it was all about back in days...

Leaked ESA poll? This is the first time I've heard of this. I'm sure it's another lie or exaggeration of his.

"If he doesn’t submit anything does that mean he automatically loses?"

He's submitted several things. I read it on the Forum.

And ANYONE who defends Jack Thompson has a fool for a client.

So did jacks' client waive attorney client privilage? Cause if they haven't Jack would be breaking the law by communicating his clients knowledge to EA or to anyone else. What a brilliant student of law this guy is.

So, stop me if I'm missing something here:

1. JT owns Take Two stock
2. JT is suing Take Two
3. JT is offering his assistance to take over Take Two, and presumably his lawsuit would still continue against the new owners after the takeover.

He may be setting a new record for multiple conflicts of interest in the same matter here.

And we were singing...

Bye bye Mr Mad Lawyer Guy,
You abused the Constitution and was happy to lie,
I wonder if you will ever figure out why,
You are standing in the benefit line...
Standing in the benefit line...

Sorry, was listening to Don Mclean earlier :)

@jab49
"I’m thinking of studying for 3 weeks and becoming a lawyer in Florida, it obviously can’t be very hard"

why spend a whole 3 weeks?

Jack has done it again. It's difficult to comprehend such a level of stupidity! Forgive me, but I am a bit out of the loop when it comes to the "Poll" he mentions. :-/ Is it real? Is it yet another "fact" Jack's made up? Either way Video Games are art, and no one has any business censoring art.

Hehe yes and the remaining .1% is just a bit smarter than him...

Edit - hey it linked it automatically. How handy.

Crazy is bottomless.

I think JT's on to something. Picture-book lawsuit threats could be the wave of the future.

Are you sure you have a client Jack Thompson? Are you sure it isn't...nothing?

Oh great, Jack's sending pictures again. Yeah, he passed the insane level way long ago. As for JT's client, it wouldn't surprise me if it was all in his head.

I personally think that Thompson's client is none other than...himself.

Now, he insult the company that refused his "help". Now, I think EA won't let him get away with it. After all, they were so adamant about defending their games and employees.

Hah, unless that "client" is a company as big as T2, I really doubt it'll affect the sale...

Posturing again.

I'm going to enjoy watching EA tell him to stuff it again and again.
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Ummm... does Jacko realize that EA is the publisher of Counter-Strike? Since Jacko also has a boner for Counter-Strike you would think that he would have something against EA too. Of course logic and consistency are not things that Jacko is known for...

At least it wasn't a picture of man-on-ostrich love...

Even if there really was a company why in the hell would they pick Jack to represent them? This is just him trying to scare them out of buying Take Two.

I thought that he wasn't allowed to take legal action against Take Two. Doesn't what this "client" of his constitute legal action?

Seeing as he probably won't be an attorney much longer, I hope his "client" is looking into alternate representation...

"I have in the last few days been contacted by a company with whom Take-Two does business. This company is now my client. "

congratulations. nobody cares.

He has a "client"? Hah. Yeah right. You know, Jack, after a certain age children should stop talking to their invisible friends.

I smell bullshit on a stick....minus the stick.

@nightwng2000

"You’ll notice how he doesn’t mention his “client’s” name.... Too bad the rules and regulations of law don’t require an attorney to divulge the identity of a “client” that the attorney envokes while making legal threats."

My guess? It's a tiny software company that T2 out-sourced some work to. Or a service provider of some kind. Every large company has it's skeletons in the closet. Remember EA's pay scandal?

@vellocet

He's not allowed to take action against T2 with regards to video games or their content. "breach of contract" would likely fall outside that. Then again, read on.

I seriously doubt it's a big client if he managed to secure them so quickly. Anyone who mattered has their own legal beagles to handle this. For JT to pick someone up, it must be either a very small (think garage) firm, an individual (maybe someone who was fired), or ... he's posturing by fudging "breach of contract" out of "they promised not to sell to kids"...
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I think vollocet nailed it. Empty threats are empty. Especially when you're legally bound not to do what you're claiming.

I'm confused. Originally Thompson wanted to help EA in acquiring T2, right? But now he's warning EA about possible liabilities, which to me seems like a warning to EA to not acquire T2?

So… what’s he trying to do besides make himself look like a total dolt (even more so than usual)?

Correct me if I'm wrong, please.

How does a raving lunatic like Thompson become a lawyer who is obviously making enough money to spend all his time filing nutball lawsuits, while hard working sane people can barely scape by? Perhaps I'm living in the wrong state.

Time to put on my Crazy hat and start practicing law in Florida suing anyone who does not crack their eggs from the little end first.

This man is an ass.

He is probably pulling this out of his ass.

His so called "client" could be anything, such as local coffeeshop near T2 office. As long as that "client" and T2 have some kind of business connection of some kind.
Then again, it could be something that is all in Jackos head :D

It's an empty threat. There is no "client."

And even if there was a client, they'd be crazy to hire JT as their lawyer since I'm guessing his ability in corporate law is about on par with his ability in Constitutional law.

Generally speaking, when you write a demand letter for a client, you clearly state what caused the problem and then you demand redress. The last part of a demand letter deals with the consequences of not meeting the demand.

If this client exists and if there is a valid demand - the one time that Jack gets to write a legitimate "or else" letter and he blows it.

Of course, an actual demand letter cannot be published so there is no client and there is no demand to be met.

And this guy is not disbarred how?

@nightwng2000:
"You’ll notice how he doesn’t mention his “client’s” name. "

He never has to cite anything for it to be true, didn't you know that? He doesn't have to give references or cite studies as long as HE knows they exist and prove his point.

@MRK@
"How does a raving lunatic like Thompson become a lawyer who is obviously making enough money to spend all his time filing nutball lawsuits, while hard working sane people can barely scape by?"

Hi wife is also a lawyer, a normal one who does her job properly instead of sending out nonsensical lawsuits based on perceived persecution, and who I imagine has never written insulting letters and press releases regarding those who she has opposed in court.

This is patently false. EVERYONE in the gaming industry has heard of this idiot and they all know of his reputation and, unfortunately for him, of his current predicament. No-one in their right mind would take him on as a lawyer. That would be like signing a guy who's legs and arms are going to be amputated as your new quarterback.

Why would anyone hire this pinhead as an attorney? The guy keep losing his own suits, how could anyone possibly have any faith in him?

Any game company that associates itself with Thompson is going to see a lot of gamers shunning their work.

I wouldn't want to be represented by a lawyer who uses the words "How sweet" when handling my case..

[...] Gamepolitics.com are reporting a new statement from Jack Thompson in regards to both Take-Two and Electronic Arts. His saber rattling has begun against the rebuttal: I have in the last few days been contacted by a company with whom Take-Two does business.  This company is now my client.  [...]

JBT makes me wonder how easy the Florida bar is to pass, I mean this idiot is just foaming out the mouth in insanity.

go stick your head in the sand JT. do us all a favor. your arrogance and stupidity..are just getting to be a headache for us.

This guy acts like a child. He takes extreme offense to everything that people say to him, and uses that to go on some ridiculous tirade against them. Didn't he think EA was supporting porn in The Sims 2 years ago? And then didn't he want to help EA 2 days ago? And now he thinks they should add an ostrich to their logo because they don't want his help?

I know this has been mentioned in other stories but I can't help but be reminded of that South Park episode "Manbearpig". I can just imagine JT acting like Al Gore in that episode "But Take-Two is trying to turn all our kids into Manchurian Candidates and selling murder simulators and I'm trying to tell everyone and no one is listening to me and I'm being super cereal!"

If my toes were made of broccoli I would rule the world.

And who is this "client"? Is it the same "hardcore gamer" who was working with JT and found hidden sex and blood in Bully?

I seriously doubt there is any client involved.

I'm saying it now..... bi-polar!
 
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