Former RI Secretary of State Fined $18K For 38 Studios Lobbying Case Antics

January 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Rhode Island Secretary of State Ralph Mollis may be rethinking his decision in 2014 to go hard after 38 Studios attorney Michael Corso for lobbying state lawmakers (prior to the approval of a $75 million loan in 2010) without registering with his office. Mollis filed a petition with the Superior Court trying to involve it in the case.

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EA Sued For Allegedly Violating Sports Statistics Patent

January 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Joystiq report, a company named White Knuckle filed a lawsuit last week against Electronic Arts claiming that the company's sports titles infringe on U.S. Pat. No. 8,529,350, a software method patent that relates to recording "real-world parameters, then storing those elements on a server so players can download to update their games." The patent was approved by the USPTO in October 2002.

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EA Loses Appeal in Madden NFL 09 Lawsuit

January 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A U.S. Federal Appeals Court has rejected an appeal by Electronic Arts to get a 2010 lawsuit filed by ex-NFL players tossed out of court, Reuters reports (by way of Joystiq).

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Class Action Suit Filed Against Apple for iOS 8's Use of Storage

December 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A federal class action suit has been filed against Apple claiming that the company falsely advertises its iOS 8 operating system because it fails to disclose that it uses up a good amount of the storage space on iPhones, iPads and iPods.

Lead plaintiff Paul Orshan claims that Apple touted its latest mobile operating system is "the biggest iOS release ever," but "fail(ed) to disclose to consumers that as much as 23.1 percent of the advertised storage capacity of the devices will be consumed by iOS 8 and unavailable for consumers."

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Justice Elena Kagan Questions Her Decision in 'Brown v. EMA'

December 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan says that she still isn't sure if she made the right decision in Brown v. EMA, which brought the law sponsored by California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) before the highest court in the land. Ultimately the court sided with the video games industry and free speech advocates, saying that video games are protected speech under the First Amendment.

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Nintendo Wins Appeal At ITC Over Creative Kingdoms

December 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo announced that it has won an appeal at the International Trade Commission related to patent infringement claims made by Creative Kingdoms. The company alleged that Nintendo's Wii and Wii U systems violated several of its patents. an earlier ruling by the ITC side with Nintendo, but the company appealed that decision. This week the ITC reaffirmed its earlier decision, noting that Creative Kingdoms’ patents are invalid and should not have been issued because Creative Kingdoms tried to claim more than the company invented.

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Report: Hotfile Settlement With MPAA Was Just $4 Million

December 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this TorrentFreak story, the settlement that the Motion Picture Association of America made with file-sharing site Hotfile was a lot less than the $80 million figure thrown around in public. According to the report, Hotfile ultimately paid $4 million dollars and the site was eventually shut down.

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Nintendo Wins Over UltimatePointer in Patent Case

December 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has won another patent case in a federal court in Seattle, the company announced this week. District Court Judge Robert S. Lasnik found that Nintendo’s Wii system does not infringe on two patents held by UltimatePointer, LLC. Judge Lasnik also found a number of UltimatePointer’s claims invalid, and decided that a trial was not warranted. Judge Lasnik’s decision is in line with a similar decision earlier in the case by Chief Judge Leonard Davis of the Eastern District of Texas, which occurred before the case was transferred to Seattle.

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New Zealand's Highest Court Rules Against Kim Dotcom

December 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The New Zealand Supreme Court ruled this week that the 2011 raid on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom's Auckland, New Zealand mansion was legal, according to this TorrentFreak report. While the highest court in New Zealand acknowledged that the search warrants used against Dotcom were 'deficient' in detail, it concluded that that fact did not result in a miscarriage of justice.

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Google Sues Mississippi AG Over MPAA-Backed Investigation Into Copyright

December 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

How do you get a Mississippi Attorney General to leave you alone? Well, sometimes suing him or her will do the trick. That is precisely what Google has done to current Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, who was investigating Google (indirectly at the very least) at the behest of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

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RI Secretary of State Loses in Court Over 38 Studios Lobbying Investigation

December 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A Rhode Island Superior Court judge has ruled that secretary of state Ralph Mollis must pay attorney's fees and court costs for involving the court in a lobbying investigation related to Curt Schilling's 38 Studios.

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'Killzone: Shadow Fall' Class Action Lawsuit Can Proceed, Judge Rules

December 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

United States District Court Judge Edward Chen for the Northern District Court of California has ruled that a class action lawsuit related to Sony Computer Entertainment's Killzone: Shadow Fall will proceed. In August lead plaintiff Douglas Ladore filed a class action lawsuit against SCE claiming that the company lied about the graphics quality of Killzone: Shadow Fall for PS4 in its marketing materials, PR and public statements. He claims in his lawsuit that the game was advertised to have full 1080p high-definition resolution graphics, but it didn't measure up to those claims.

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EFF Challenges Personal Audio's 'Podcasting Patent Claims' Before the USPTO This Week

December 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will argue before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Wednesday that it should invalidate the key claims of patents used by Personal Audio to sue podcasters. You may know Personal Audio best for its fight with comedian Adam Carolla, who the company messed with and then quietly settled out of court.

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Lawsuit Alleges Comcast Using Customer Routers to Create Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

December 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A federal class action accuses cable provider Comcast of making its residential customers bear the cost of a secondary wi-fi network using the wireless routers of its customers. Lead plaintiff Toyer Grear sued Comcast on Dec. 4 and seeks to certification of a class of Xfinity Internet Service customers and a subclass of all California households that have subscribed to the service.

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Activision Prevails in 'Angry Monkey' Military Patch Lawsuit

December 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The United States District Court for Northern California has sided with Activision in a case brought against it by military patch maker Mil-Spec Monkey, Inc. for including one of its trademarked patches in Call of Duty: Ghosts. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg said that the plaintiff's trademarked Angry Monkey patch used by Activision was covered as protected speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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Firm Representing General Patton Sues Game Publisher

December 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

CMG Worldwide is suing game publisher Maximum over its History Channel-branded turn-based strategy game Legends of War: Patton. The company represents the World War II era U.S. Army General's interests - along with other rights holders of long dead celebrities including wrestling legend Andre The Giant, actor James Dean, and others.

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Appeals Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Idaho Woman's Case Against NSA Next Week

December 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An appeals court will hear oral arguments in Smith v. Obama, a case filed by an Idaho nurse against the Nation Security Agency's controversial telephone data collection program, in Seattle on Monday, Dec. 8.

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Actor Sues Nintendo for Heart Troubles

December 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An actor named Parker Mills is suing Nintendo. Mills was hired to play the role of the Donkey Kong during a May 24, 2013 event at the Los Angeles Zoo to celebrate the launch of a Nintendo 3DS game, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.

Mills’ lawsuit against Nintendo was filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. According to one of his attorneys, Tyler Barnett, Mills - wearing a heavy Donkey Kong costume - was denied breaks and not provided with the required ice pack to cool him down as he talked to zoo guests in the hot sun.

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Nintendo and Philips Settle Patent Disputes

December 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo and Philips have come to an agreement that pretty much settles a patent infringement case between the two companies filed earlier this year. Philips claimed that, prior to suing Nintendo, it attempted to set up licensing deals for the patents it believed the company was infringing on.. since 2011. Nintendo mostly ignored the company's inquiries (according to Philips' characterization of the situation), causing Philips to sue Nintendo and seek a ban of the company's allegedly infringing products in the U.S.

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Kim Dotcom Wins Against U.S Government in Bail Violation Hearing

December 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has managed to fend off an attempt by the U.S. government to put him back in jail in his home country of New Zealand for allegedly violating the terms of his bail.

Last week, New Zealand authorities, working on behalf of American prosecutors, claimed that the Megaupload founder had "breached bail conditions by having indirect contact with one of his accused; that he is a flight risk because he has the money to skip the country; and that he has been dishonest about his finances by trying to sell a NZ$500,000 Rolls Royce in London."

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Sanction Hearing Against RI Secretary of State Begin This Week

December 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Oral arguments will be heard Tuesday in a Rhode Island Superior Court hearing to determine whether soon-to-be former Rhode Island Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis abused the judiciary system. The case revolves around Mollis involving the RI Superior Court in his administrative hearings investigating "unregistered lobbying" by attorney Michael Corso on behalf of 38 Studios prior to the company receiving a state-backed loan for $75 million loan in 2010.

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Boston Man Sentenced for Attempted Murder of UK Girlfriend He Met in 'RuneScape'

November 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Twenty-year-old Boston man Shane Coffey has been sentenced in the UK for attempting to kill his online girlfriend and her brother in their Hook Road, Epsom, Surrey home on April 18. Coffey met 19-year-old Farha Dowlut in the online MMORPG Runescape when she was 13-years-old. They became close friends and later began dating online. Over the years they spent time gaming and chatting online. Dowlut eventually broke off the relationship because she feared that her Muslim family would not approve (because Coffey was not a Muslim).

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Google and Cisco Settle With Rockstar

November 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This is an alarming trend: two major technology companies have settled with Rockstar (no, not the makers of Grand Theft Auto - another company named Rockstar). In 2011 Rockstar (a patent holding company financed by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony) bought up thousands of Nortel Network Corp patents for $4.5 billion.

The company then went about filing lawsuits against some pretty big players including Cisco and Google, among others.

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Activision Blizzard Settles With Shareholders Over Vivendi Stock Repurchase Plan

November 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Activision Blizzard has settled its lawsuit filed by shareholders after the company bought back a controlling interest in the former majority stakeholder Vivendi in 2013.

In a press release announcing the settlement, which still requires the approval of the Delaware court where the class action lawsuit was filed, the board of directors said the following:

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Former Snail Games Employee Sues Company for 'Race Discrimination'

November 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

David Runyan, the former Director of Game Operations for the U.S. division of Chinese MMO company Snail Games, is suing the company for "race discrimination. According to Runyan's lawsuit, Snail Games CEO Shi Hai treated his "white American" employees differently than his Chinese American and Chinese employees, and often questioned his white employees' motives.

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Report: One of Leland Yee's Trials Getting Fast Tracked

November 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like the racketeering and political corruption case against suspended state Sen. Leland Yee is getting fast tracked. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer on Wednesday set Yee's trial for early next year, according to a report in the San Jose Mercury News.

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A Long Overdue Correction and an Apology to Brad Wardell

November 11, 2014 - James Fudge

On September 16, 2012 GamePolitics published a story about Brad Wardell and Stardock Systems entitled "Report: Stardock Sued Former Marketing Manager After She Sued CEO for Sexual Harassment." In that report we echoed a false narrative that Stardock's lawsuit against former marketing manager Alexandra Miseta was filed in retaliation for her filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against Stardock CEO Brad Warde

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BitTorrent Wins $2.2 Million from German Company in U.S. Court

November 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this TorrentFreak report, BitTorrent Inc. (the parent company of the popular file-sharing tools uTorrent and BitTorrent) has over $2.2 million in damages from a German company that used brand confusion to sell things to unsuspecting users. The company, Bittorrent Marketing GMBH, did not show up for court and lost by default, according to the report.

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High Profile Patent Attorney In Hot Water Over Sharing Email

November 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit published a very public reprimand to patent lawyer Edward Reines of law firm Weil Gotshal. The rare order (PDF) details the disciplinary action against Reines for having a too-friendly relationship with now former Chief Appeals Court Judge Rader (he resigned after an email detailing a cozy relationship with Reines became public.

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Glu Mobile Sues Hothead Games for Copyright and Trade Dress Infringement

November 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this GamesBeat report, Glu Mobile has filed a lawsuit against mobile game studio Hothead Games for allegedly copying its popular Deer Hunter 2014 mobile game with its game Kill Shot. In Kill Shot, you don't hunt animals; you play as a sniper that hunts enemy targets. But Glu alleges in a federal lawsuit filed in the San Francisco court that Hothead’s game violates copyright and trade infringement laws.

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MechaTama31Goth_Skunk: It's not too late for CiVIlization... ;)01/28/2015 - 12:40am
MechaCrashI thought one of its other big issues was all the "quality" of phone games with all the portability of your television.01/27/2015 - 11:34pm
E. Zachary KnightApparently, people did not want a $100 console, they wanted a $200 one for a $100 price tag.01/27/2015 - 11:18pm
E. Zachary KnightI remember when people were demanding Ouya used the new and untested Tegra 4 processor rather than the tried and true Tegra 3, increase the RAM to 2Gigs and various other expensive addons.01/27/2015 - 11:17pm
ConsterCraig: perhaps I should've used the word "unreasonable", as in people clamoring for stretch goals that would guarantee they lose money on each deck.01/27/2015 - 10:04pm
Andrew EisenIt's my favorite movie. I'm looking forward to it as well.01/27/2015 - 9:16pm
Goth_SkunkI grew up idolizing Ghostbusters. I'm extremely excited to see another film.01/27/2015 - 8:52pm
Goth_SkunkEscapist -- via Hollywood reporter -- gives us a glimpse at the probable cast of the new Ghostbuster's movie: http://ow.ly/I3GyZ01/27/2015 - 8:51pm
Craig R.Nearly $4.2m in a week for Exploding Kittens. Can anything truly be unrealistic at this point?01/27/2015 - 8:50pm
prh99I am sure. Just have no interest in tropes in general or her take on gender portrayal.01/27/2015 - 7:44pm
Goth_SkunkI personally enjoy replacing letters with numbers in titles of movies and games. I think Firaxis missed out on a huge chuckle by calling it "Civilization V" and not "CiVilization."01/27/2015 - 7:20pm
Andrew EisenI bet I can guess how you voted!01/27/2015 - 7:02pm
prh99Never actually watched one, probably won't start.01/27/2015 - 6:15pm
E. Zachary KnightConster, when are unrealistic stretch goal demands anything new? They happen in every Kickstarter I have seen.01/27/2015 - 5:58pm
E. Zachary KnightAE: You forgot the "The video that conforms to my preconceived ideas about gender in games" option.01/27/2015 - 5:56pm
PHX Corp@Conster ok, randomly put 5 golden tickets into the boxes and anyone who gets a golden ticket gets to go and visit Willy Wonka's chocolate factory!, is a ultra-ridiculous stretch goal suggested by a backer01/27/2015 - 5:53pm
ConsterApparently they're unaware that unlike with video games, card games have a large constant factor in cost-per-unit.01/27/2015 - 5:24pm
ConsterIn other news, Exploding Kittens (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/elanlee/exploding-kittens) has over 100k backers now, a few of which are calling for unrealistic stretch goals.01/27/2015 - 5:23pm
ConsterIt's cool in Numb3rs, but not really anywhere else.01/27/2015 - 5:20pm
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