Judge Works WoW References into Activision Merger Court Order

July 3, 2008 -

An attempt to block Activision's merger with Vivendi has ended with a ruling issued by William B. Chandler III (left), chief judge of the Delaware Court of Chancery.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, the judge has apparently taken notice of what World of Warcraft - one of the leading assets in the merger - is all about.

In denying a municipal pension plan's request for a preliminary injunction which would have put the Activision-Vivendi marriage on hold, Judge Chandler wrote:

In some ways, perhaps, the world of Mergers and Acquisitions is a massively multiplayer role playing game as well. Like in World of Warcraft... the participants in the M&A field take on certain roles, interact in their own community, hone specialized skills, and even develop a unique, somewhat curious vernacular.

 

One particular quest in the world of M&A is disclosure litigation. In the instance of disclosure litigation presently pending before this Court, the world of M&A meets the World of Warcraft.

 

In the role-playing game that is this disclosure litigation, both sides have played their respective roles well. Like any game, this one has rules, and the most essential rule of disclosure is materiality. Because the plaintiff could not establish the materiality of its final three disclosure claims, the motion for a preliminary injunction is denied. . . .GAME OVER.

GP: Very cool, indeed, your honor. Read the full decision here (31-page pdf).


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I think this game should be banned
 disrupt people's mental health is araç kiralama
 
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Nintendo is indeed selling SOME of these on the Virtual Console but not even close to all of them. While i agree in part to his piracy he was filling a market that Nintendo failed to recognize. Maybe someone doesnt want to buy a Wii. maybe they just want a console with 50 - 100 NES games on them?? maybe just maybe?

but no Nintendo wants everyone araba kiralama to buy the Wii. thats their excuse but thats not what copyright is supposed to protect. i am real sure that the makers of 10 yard fight were losing sleep because they were missing out on their $0.00025 worth because they didnt get royalties from this player. *smirk*

my question is, should Super Mario Bros. be banned from public domain forever? isnt 23 years enough time for Nintendo to have made their profits?

If you have followed the Steamboat Willie case regarding Mickey Mouse you can rest in your bed well at night knowing that the MOUSE will still be under copyright law, away from public domain after your great grandchildren are in nursing homes. That is beyond ridiculous dont you think??

Gallagher can araç kiralama say all he wants, but I strongly rent a car believe it's due to his crappy leadership and E3 being a joke. ESA's Board of Directors need to find a way to get out rent a car of this horrid contract with this Bush cronie before there's no one left on the Board.

Btw, I think Atari and Midway will drop out too, but mostly travesti because  these guys have done nothing ttnet vitamin or little and need to start saving costs.

YES.

Now I don't have to get off my ass for the important shit anymore!

Whats next, ordering pizza from Xbox live?

Wait... I think that sounds like a good idea.

But I think voting should MAKE you get off your ass, and see outside or a second while you go vote. I mean, your picking the president of the United States of America for God's Sake... least you can do is drive down there and punch out a card.

Does that mean they can re-spec and run the instance again?

Just curious.

Re: Does that mean they can re-spec and run the instance again?

Isn't that called an appeal?

Re: Judge Works WoW References into Activision Merger Court

GAME OVER.(46)


(46)I.e., IT IS SO ORDERED.

 

While I do agree that it may seem a little unprofessional, I still have to smile as it does make me feel better about the judge making the decision. He understood the genre, the games, and the companies involved. It felt like maybe, just maybe, we're starting to get people that actually understand all this stuff in positions where they can make a change.

 

This judge is needed in many other places. I can't wait to see more.

 

---- There is a limit for both politicians against video games, and video games against politicians. http://www.goteamretard.com

Re: Judge Works WoW References into Activision Merger Court

Dear Judge,

That last sentence that GP quoted you on was informative and pertinent. I commend you on it.

That driblle before hand? Honestly, what were you thinking? Were you trying to reach out to "the kids"? We're you trying to "be hip" and "with it"? Were you expecting that maybe a TV movie would be made, or that your words would be set beside Lincoln's Gettysburgh Address?

I for one hate it when people who sit in positions of authority spiel garbage like this. It makes them look like idiots. And if everyone in authority looks like an idiot, Mr. Bigglesworth get depressed.

Re: Judge Works WoW References into Activision Merger Court

That judge is awesome for that.

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Pity we could not have had JBT stand up before this one.  A Judge with a sense of irony and humor.   He was totally serious for 29 pages of the 31 page .pdf (exciting reading there) then closed it out with a twist.   If I had not read Dennis's intro I defiantly would not have seen it coming. 

Re: Judge Works WoW References into Activision Merger Court

Gotta love professional humor

-Loudspeaker
"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

Who is trying to block the merger?

Electronic Arts, I presume?

Re: Who is trying to block the merger?

There's a previous article recently (still on GP's page) whih suggests it is some retirement association.

"I'm not responcabel fer my comuter's spleling errnors." -- Xlorep DarkHelm

"I'm stel not responcabel fer my comuter's spleling errnors." -- Xlorep DarkHelm

Oh yeah, I remember that now...

Something like STRS, who can fuck off and go to hell as far as I am concerned.

Re: Judge Works WoW References into Activision Merger Court

LFG for CR to Delaware Court of Chancery. Being camped by lawyer gankers.

Re: Judge Works WoW References into Activision Merger Court

Coolest Judge ever!  Someone vote for that guy for me.....yeah I don't vote

Re: Judge Works WoW References into Activision Merger Court

This article is full of win.

-- teh moominz --

-- teh moominz --

Re: Judge Works WoW References into Activision Merger Court

Cheezy, I love it!

A little border-line unprofessional, just because it sounds like he's not taking it seriously, but then again, it also demonstrates that he understands the industry.

-- If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap...

-- If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap...

Re: Judge Works WoW References into Activision Merger Court

Hehe, thats funny.

 
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