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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I don't think mommy or daddy hugged him enough as a child.

Aw, does nobody want to play with JT? You tried so hard to get on EA's kickball team, but no one wants to play with you. So now you throw a tantrum. How sweet.

Watch the lawsuit action as JT tries to jump over a shark, on a very special episode of Game Politics.

Seriously, now JT's just becoming desperate for attention. Someone should cancel his license to practice law already.

I think there IS a client somewhere. Otherwise he's making false statements in order to attempt to attract more business (from EA), which is a pretty big ethics violation that even JT would have a hard time weaseling out of. His tactics are questionable sometimes, but I don't think he's so foolish as to leave himself vulnerable to such a big liability.

@Salen

When that day comes, someone really should bake a cake with texts stating "Happy Disbarment! Jack Thompson"

I'm a little more annoyed that he's clinging to that (presumably) bogus poll. But what can I expect from him? :/

He's so freakin lying >_>.

Go Bruce, Go!

When was that ruling on the disbarment supposed to happen?

"video game industry to the federal regulation that ESA’s own leaked poll indicates 65% of Americans want."

oh god hes not using that poll again is he?
and at the very least could hr get the info on that poll right?
last i checked 65% want whats in place to be enforced not new regulations.
seriously a drunken toddler going through the "mine!" phase is less annoying then this guy.

It's a Dunkin' Donuts that says that T2 got a TWO dip cone, but only paid for a one dip cone.

To tell the truth, I have a question.

EA wants to buy T2.

T2 says "We don't want you to buy us."

Now, JT comes in and says "I'll help you buy T2!"

EA says "We don't want your help."

JT says "Fine! Then I know someone who knows someone who said that T2 sucks, you shouldn't buy them!"

Um... isn't JT playing into T2's hands right now?

I think that throughout all of this, JT doesn't know what he wants. Maybe JT isn't crazy. Maybe it's his other personalities that are crazy.

I think I'll stroll over to Florida tomorrow and take the Bar exam. It can't be that difficult to pass.

Within the month
:)

T2 may be a bit of a black sheep at times but I've never heard complaints about their actual business practices. Quite the opposite, I've always been lead to believe that they keep their noses pretty clean in that aspect, focusing all their attention on being controversial in other ways.


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…


Wow, J.B. Way to abuse the legal system for what is essentially blackmail once you remove all the grit.

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Papa Midnight

nightwng2000 Says:

March 6th, 2008 at 10:08 am
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.
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Yeah, why would a corporation hire an attorney that may not be one for much longer? Wouldn't that be a waste of money and time. Further, wouldn't an attorney that specializes in corporate/contractual law be a better choice, as opposed to one that plays the role of Chicken Little and the boy that cried wolf all rolled up into one loser of a human being?

Wasn't this "Let me help you" and subsequent "no thanks" the final straw for Bin Laden? How long before JT goes all Unabomber on the industry? He's looking more and more like a kid that wants to hang out with the cool kids but keeps getting scorned.

@mogbert,

Maybe JT is trying to use reverse psychology.

It's just a matter of time before the Bar get's rid of him. They might just be waiting for the Show Cause order to finish up. And God only knows how long he'll try to drag that out.

Though, You have to admit that even though he is childish and arrogant. You'd miss his antics.

J.B. does too have a client!

She's Canadian, she lives in Canada! You don't know her!

He talks to her on the phone after supper, and he's going to go visit her this summer!

DOES TOO!

Ever wonder why broccoli is reluctant to play checkers?

The answer lies in trepidation. We are creatures of the shoelace, lost in purple.

The koala knows.

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

We're talking about John Bruce here. Mr. "The Florida Bar is an illegal organization because it sets forth rules and policies that try to prevent me from doing whatever the hell I want to do to everyone else and dosen't prevent others from doing the same thing to me" and Mr. "It's my way or my way, there is no other way". Do you really think that if it were a REAL demand letter that he publicized and someone complained, he wouldn't jump on the "violation of my First Amendment Rights" bandwagon as he's done before?

Nightwng2000
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I can just imagine what he would have said to them if talking to one another.


EA Rep: Listen Jack, We don't really need your help with our buying out TT. There's just the whole you trying to sue us thing from a few years ago.

Jacko: Well... I didn't need your help anyway. I've got someone who wants me to sue Take Two for them.

EA Rep: Really? Thats, uh, great for you..... I suppose

Jacko: And when I win and get TT shut down, You aren't getting anything from me... I mean, my client.

EA Rep: If you say so

I have a client, that only I can see and hear. They only talk to me and they informed me that Take Two makes GTA games and they are the devil.

I swear to god I am going to laugh my ass off when he says his client is the ghost who never lies.

@Haiwali
Chef Brian seems to fit JT's persona perfectly in this instance.

@Helpless Kitten

Before Zelnick there was Eibler and he was named worst CEO of 2005. Stockholders made a coup and forced him out.

But since Zelnick's been in charge, things have gotten significantly better. EA should have made they're takeover bid just after Zelnick replaced him or even before Eibler left. They would've gotten it a LOT cheaper. But of course there wasn't this crazy merging fever going on in the industry back then.

What worries me is that in case JT is totally and absolutely cornered.

He can go totally berserk (so to speak) guns blazing, and blame games "GTA made me do it!" Just in vain try to prove him right (in his twisted way).

That scares bejesus out me. Seriously.

@Prometheus

But then... GTA would have really made him do it (in a way). Not that he ever played it. Which is in the end the real problem with detractors of video games. The mere existence of something they don't understand scares the bejeezus out of them.

Thompson basically said, "oh yeah? Well fuck you!".

Maybe the His Douchebagness should've said that he has material information to present to EA when he made his introduction.

How in the hell does he ever get ANYWHERE with others? He doesn't have a clue about how to conduct himself professionally.

Dang it, Demontestament got both of mine. I was going to point out Haiwali
Checf Brian's impersonation (quite well too) and "the got who never lies."

Let's see how well you read my mind with my... mind ray blocking hat on!

I have to say, there isn't anything that makes one feel so good as a bumbling enemy. I mean, that's why Batman looks so cool, he keeps going up against rejects. I mean come on, they have no super powers and use the same MO so much they are predictable. Penguin escaped? Look for the art museum that is hosting a bird exibit. Or the Riddler, who's super power is to tell everyone what his plans are... in advance.

It's so easy fighting back against JT because he is so bad at what he does. I think it is because he didn't find his destiny. Think about it, with just a little more sanity, he could have been a very good chair for the CPSC, fighting back against lead tainted products. I could easily have seen him as a school vice principle. If we ever invent a time machine, we need to go to the past and set JT on the right course where he could live his life out happily where he fits in and would actually help humanity.

I bet JT's client is Bugs Bunny.

Ostriches don't stick their heads in sand. It has never been observed outside a cartoon. Instead, they kick your balls off.

"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?"

@MRK, the word on the street is that he's being supported by his wife, who apparently is loaded.

I have to think that any company willing to go to someone as disreputable as Jack would have to be pretty disreputable themselves, leading to T2 wanting/needing to break a contract with them. If I had a legitimate gripe against Take 2 or Rockstar then Jack is the last person I would want representing me, but then maybe that is why they don't want him saying who they are.

Or maybe they don't exist at all.

Jack need to grow a Snidely Whiplash mustache.

"So you don't want my help, EA? Fine then , you shall rue this day, for I shall destroy you as well! Muahahaha" *twirls mustache villainously*

Although I have to say that the idea of Jack trying to take on Ea brings to mind the image of someone taking on a Borg cube with a hang glider armed only with a wooden sword.

"This guy acts like a child."

@Glen, you got that right. Never ceases to amaze me. It's one thing to do this in your personal life, but to act like that when you're supposed to be Important Lawyer Person is a whole another thing.

He's DEFINITELY got some sort of personality disorder. I'm going with an extreme case of narcissistic egomania combined with anger management issues. He really should seek some help for that.

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

O RLY..?

@Void Munashii
Jack need to grow a Snidely Whiplash mustache.
He tried that once. Well, a mustache, at any rate. It made him look even dumber.

Please... no... more... JACK... THOMPSON!!!

(read it like Kirk would)

I can perhaps add something. Cue lip trembling:

JAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!

I wonder if he hears voices, I really do. That would explain all his inane rantings and righteous attitude; he's not wrong, the voices tell him that he's right.

Gamepolitics needs a spinoff blog just for JT stories, or maybe a biweekly Thompson roundup (kept behind a cut). Like the Sunday funnies, or Caturday.

Diane, Maybe we should make it a GP member project. A repository for all JT-related stories and wikiquotes, plus snippets from other magazines (EGM has done a story on JT's work). Although I believe someone is already running a JT "fan" site.

Does Jack's "client" know he's never like... won a case in anything involving a games company?

Yup, if I was EA and he said something like that, I would humiliate him in public, and then give him the finger. Jacko, grow a brain.

Jack is a genuinely funny person.

Ooh.. a mixture of JT and Caturday!
"I can has lawsoot naow?"
"GTA... DO NOT WANT!"
"Goin to teh cort, brb."
"Invisible show cause!"
"I WON! Wait... wut?"

Hm, I'm wondering if there are some kind of quota of posting...

One reply I posted earlier isn't up yet...

ahahahahhahahaha "invisible show cause" brilliant!

Even if he has a client, how much longer is he going to be able to have clients? A month?

now why would someone in their right mind, hire JT, a man with no known corporate law experience to deal with a breach of contract? while we're at it, let's let the receptionist be co-council! Seriously, I know a corporate lawyer, great guy, but put him in a room with thompson over a contractual dispute and he'd tear JT limb from limb. I still think there's no client, and I can't wait until we get the results of the disbarment hearing. Say buh-bye to your legal career JT, wait that would imply you actually had a legal career in the past decade or so...my mistake.

Speaking of ostriches, how far do you think Jack has his career in the dirt by now?

Of course you have a business connection that nobody else can see, Jack. Sure you do...
 
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