Chicago Transit Authority Banned from Banning Mature VG Ads

June 1, 2010 -

While the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) won a partial victory (preliminary injunction) earlier this year against the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) over an ordinance that attempted to prohibit Mature (M)-rated game advertisements, the trade group now has an even clearer win under its belt, as a Judge has permanently banned the CTA from “enforcing or directing” enforcement of the ordinance.

In a ruling (PDF) handed down on May 17 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer—who granted the preliminary injunction as well—ordered judgment against the CTA and dictated that prompt notice of the judgment be given to CTA officers, and any agents, servants, employees and attorneys. The CTA also agreed not to “appeal or otherwise attack the validity or enforceability of the Consent Judgment and Permanent Injunction.”

Ordinance 008-147 took effect in January of 2009 and prohibited any advertisement that “markets or identifies a video or computer game rated ‘Mature 17+’ (M) or ‘Adults Only 18+’ (AO).” The ESA had argued that such a ban was unconstitutional.

ESA President Michael D. Gallagher stated, "We are pleased that the CTA chose not to pursue this further and waste valuable resources on this matter. It is our hope that other transit authorities will heed this ruling when determining whether to restrict advertisements."

It was also ruled that the ESA was entitled to recoup “reasonable” attorneys’ fees and costs related to the lawsuit.


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Re: Chicago Transit Authority Banned from Banning Mature VG ...

One simple statement, You CAN'T ban an advertising for transit when you have already got a contract.

Also, I do believe that this mess started when there were some people doing a Moral Panic over GTA 4.

 

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Re: Chicago Transit Authority Banned from Banning Mature VG ...

Jackass Thompson being one of them, if not the main one.

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Re: Chicago Transit Authority Banned from Banning Mature VG ...

I had the feeling the cta would lose this case. Glad to know my feelings were right.

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Re: Chicago Transit Authority Banned from Banning Mature VG ...

Sadly though, it took a year to uphold the constitution in this case. Fascist nutcases shouldn't be able to overturn the constitution for a week, let alone a year. The only reason they were able to do it for so long is that people in general have no idea what their rights are under the law.

 
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