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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He's shooting blanks on this one as always.

This guy is like Chemical Ali. Isn't he being hung in the next 30 days for his crimes? Chemical Ali I mean...although...there's an idea.

Isn't JT a Take Two shareholder?

Conflict of interests and all that.

I also wonder if JT's giving himself too much credit here. If T2 has a financial liability, it's probably on the books somewhere and EA may well know about it already. If it's only someone who can potentially sue T2, well, who cares? Something can't be almost a liability, either it is or it isn't. If the lawsuit is underway then there's paperwork and EA will probably find it. If the lawsuit isn't happening yet, or it just got filed, then I'm not sure what JT would expect - he'd be calling out EA for trying to take over a company, one that's facing litigation, litigation that EA doesn't know about, when the reason EA doesn't know about it is that JT just filed it.

He should be forced to disclose the identity of that "client" immediately or face libel charges.

I don't know why he used the ostrich metophor since they do not actually put their heads in the sand, only lowering them to the ground to look out for danger.

Oh, come on! If there was such a company he would've come running and laughing manically AGES ago and saying he finally had SOMETHING to ruin T2 forever!

I bet that Thompson thinks if EA buys T2, GTA would either not be as violent or may not even exist anymore. This is why he is pulling for the takeover I think.

Little reminder to EA: Jack's boring, and your legs work.

Personally, I want EA to take Thompson in. Mostly for the sheer fact I don't like EA, subsadaries on the other hand, I love them. I don't want them to kill another great series, C&C and MoH use to be great now they have been butcherd.

Anyways, anyone else want to try there hands at a florida bar?

I wonder if someday they will make a movie about Jack Thompson live?

***life...

Blah blah blah, what happened to Thompson having to show cause why he shouldn't have to show cause as to why he's not required to have another lawyer sign off on his ridiculous filings that was due on the 5th? If he doesn't submit anything does that mean he automatically loses?

Like the old saying goes, "a lawyer who defends himself has a fool for a client."

This is from Conejo from the ECA Forums. Hope he doesn't mind me posting it to clarify getwellgamers' question.

"so... since the 19th where Thompson was given his Show Cause he has filed 9 more times. one Response to the Show Cause, followed five days later by FIVE supplemental responses, another motion to disqualify the judges, the Quo Warranto (usually used to imply the official is not valid), and yet another motion to stay the trial.

02/21/2008 RESPONSE RESPONDENT'S PRELIMINARY RESPONSE TO SUPREME COURT'S ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE"
02/26/2008 SUPPLEMENTAL RESPONSE
02/26/2008 SUPPLEMENTAL RESPONSE
02/26/2008 SUPPLEMENTAL RESPONSE
02/26/2008 SUPPLEMENTAL RESPONSE
02/26/2008 MOTION-RECUSAL/DISQUALIFICATION
02/26/2008 PETITION-QUO WARRANTO
02/27/2008 SUPPLEMENTAL RESPONSE
02/28/2008 MOTION-STAY"

@Grayswandir

Conflict of interest is exactly the first thing that came to mind.

"Here, let me help you sue the company I'm a part of."

Clause 2 of Jack's Settlement Agreement with T2 assures that he will not communicate to anyone doing business with T2 (e.g., EA and its take-over bid) any accusation that the company committed any wrongdoing in selling its games. Isn't he in breach by his communication to EA?

If EA stock holder care about what EA does, then they should know the gaming industry, which includes Jack Thompson. I think EA stock holders would ignore/defend against anything that Jack Thompson is going to say about EA.

Translation of the letter: "WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

@Richard:

So wait, he "showed" his cause on the 21st of Feb?

Dennis, why didn't we hear about any of this?! Thompson's filings are like a magazine subscription, "Crazy Lawyer Weekly" or something. It's one of my favorite subscriptions! D:

@Richard:

As if wallpapering the hallways of the Court with his filings wasn't what got him in hot water in the first place. Oh, boy.

Any one know how Jack's appearance before the Supremes went? Wasn't it yesterday?

Oh man, Jack really better have a legitimate client now or he's about to enter a whole new world of pain. Making false public accusations to try and disrupt a business transaction is a very, very bad idea. IANAL but I think he could be getting into the SEC's domain and if so, he's really screwed now.

He was told to show cause somewhere around the 21st. His deadline was March 5. I think his newest lawsuit against the bar was submitted on that day.

@getwellgamers:

Not as I recall. His Preliminary Response didn't in any way attempt to justify his actions as legitimate or otherwise excusable (which is what "showing cause" requires). Rather, his 2/21 filing -- as usual and as I suspect all his supplemental filings do -- just rants and raves against the Court and all the other usual suspects in the vast conspiracy. It's the old "Hide Behind a Cloud of Ink" trick that Jack so loves to perform.

This really doesn't matter in the grand scale of things. He can say he has a "Client", but without citing who this client is.. He's just saying he's full of it. I hope he gets disbarred when GTA IV comes out, or maybe a little bit before.

@Zerodash:

As I understood it, the Supremes were requiring Mr. Thompson to physically appear in Tallahassee before them on March 5th for a hearing on the matter.

I know this is a JT thread but I shall throw some logic in here anyway...

To me it's clear who this mystery client is based on the facts:

-JT is facing disbarment
-JT is facing a show clause order that if not met he cannot file more motions before the court
-JT has not won a case in the realm of the video game industry

Which brings the questions others have already raise... Who in their right mind would hire such a lawyer to represent them in a video game merger and aquisition situation?

Logically no one in their right mind.

So that leaves only ONE possible answer for who JT's mystery client...

JT's client is JT himself. He omitted this because it would make the letter he sent look even that more derranged than it already does.

I feel this also proves the proverbial gallows floor has dropped beneath JT's career and he's feeling that rope pulling on him now.

NOTE TO JT: At no time did I threaten you or your life sir. My metaphor is simply pointing out that your career path is coming to an end.

Go ahead and make threats to the son of a *****.
Let's see how he looks suing just a random person.

Second Jack it's you that doesn't understand the gaming industry.

Is it my imagination, or is he implying that if EA were to enlist him in a TT takeover, that he would reveal potentially confidential information about his "client's" dealings with TT?

who called it
who fucking called it

@jccalhoun

You realise that Valve is the publisher of counterstrike right?

" As I understood it, the Supremes were requiring Mr. Thompson to physically appear in Tallahassee before them on March 5th for a hearing on the matter."

Postponed as Diana Ross was busy that night,,
I'll get my coat...

This man is seriously mentally ill. All jokes aside, there is something so very, very off in his head.

His license should have been yanked the first 230983049853 times he did some crazy shit. Hopefully those mistakes will soon be rectified.

@Alcsethon

Valve are the digital publishers and programmers, but EA are the in-store CD/DVD/Blu-Ray publishers of CS:S.
If you buy it in a shop on DVD, its EA published. EA publish all of Valves work. Orange Box 360 & PS3 were EA published too.

ANyone care to explain why Bruce keeps slamming his hand in a car door? I mean even an animal knows when to give up.

Jack: I'd like to call my 1st witness.....GOD!
God: I saw Take Two plotting to turn our children evil…
Take-Two President : No, you told me to make this game for adults and not children!
Jack: Is it true my God?
God : Uh… Hey, hey! ... Well, I had not imagined that you two would be in the same place! Hum… Actually… Hum… I am a little embarrassed… Well, I will let you…[leaves]

Just a few more months and we won't have to hear from this idiot ever again. Disbar him this time guys!

His name is mud in the legal community and among gamers. What is his major malfunction?

Idiot needs to get disbarred and kicked out of the country.

oh great, uncle jack has found another imaginary friend...

Did anyone else catch the recent letter from Jack to Pres. Bush in which Jack complains to George (as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. military) that the courtroom where his Florida Bar proceeding was heard contained a U.S. flag with a gold fringe but by law a gold-fringed flag is only allowed to be displayed before a U.S. military tribunal and not a civilian court and therefore the Florida Bar proceeding is an illegal military tribunal which Bush, as Commander-in-Chief, must immediately halt? It's good stuff.

He's also been ranting and raving about the Loyalty Oath paperwork that Florida judges are required to file not being filed as required in several instances and therefore several judges -- including, of course, the judge in his disciplinarry proceeding, Dava Tunis and a few of the Supreme Court Justices -- are and have been without legal authority to decide cases. He's claiming that anyone who's had a decision recently rendered by these judges has a clear grounds upon which to seek reversal.

Wow. Just, "wow."

Only game company I could imagine that'd be twisted enough to hire him... Left behind games.

Which, ironically, Jack Thompson dislikes because of the "Left Behind" game, where if you can't convert targets to Christianity, you kill them.

He really doesn't take his little "crusade" seriously.

And again, self importance isn't the same as actual importance.

Is anyone else vaguely reminded of when he tried to threaten Microsoft? This is EA, the godzilla of the industry. Unless his "client" is galactus, I doubt it'll matter. EA EATS clients for breakfast. Unless it's federal government, DOD, maybe the european union or the IRS, I suspect that sound I'm hearing is the sound of no one caring.

@Jackdon'tknowjack

Where did you see that? The only places I know to keep up with Jack are here and the Justice Building Blog, neither of which have been reporting on him as much.

@Richard:

Try jaablog at jaablog(dot)jaablaw(dot)com. It's one of those sites where, despite -- or, perhaps, in spite of -- repeated requests to go away, Jack-O keeps posting.

[...] This is proper bonkers. Jack Thompson has now accused EA of lack of due diligence in its attempt to take over Take-Two following the publishers rebuttal this morning of Jack’s offer to “help” with the deal. Thompson says he has a client that’s been heavily “stiffed” by Take-Two, a tale he sees an endemic to the way the publisher does business. [...]

Dude....just stop....

I think Jack's client may just be a stuffed tiger who goes on many adventures with him :)

I had to post this. The irony is so strong it may put you in a coma.

http://jaablog.jaablaw.com/2008/02/29/norm-kent-for-norml.aspx

Norm Kent rights an article about the legalisation of pot, Jack responds with:

"Jack Thompson, Attorney wrote:
Dearest Norm,

The First Amendment allows you to petition the government to change or repeal the drug laws. The First Amendment does not give you the right to violate the laws you don't like."


I actually spat out the orange juice I was drinking whilst reading that.

@Matriculated

Wow that is so hypocritical. He's so full of bs.

Why do people still think Ostriches bury their head in the sand? That's as much a misconception as lemmings committing mass suicide.

I blame Disney and their phony nature movies.

And Mr. Thompson, even if you have a client with dirt on T2, I doubt you'd be able to show it to EA. Aren't there client confidentiality rules?
 
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