Max Wistow, the attorney representing the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. (formerly known as the Rhode Island Economic Development Corp.) said that he has had settlement talks in the case against 38 Studios. He says that the Rhode Island General Assembly should pass a new bill announced last week that encourages out-of-court resolutions.
"There's been enough discussion to make it clearly worthwhile to have the legislation passed," he said.
Wistow would not discuss who specifically he might have been talking to about a settlement.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says that the National Security Agency's claims of secrecy on information that has already been widely released due to leaks by Edward Snowden are overblown and no longer "secret." The advocacy group made its comments in an official response in its ongoing court battle with the agency over the unconstitutionality of its surveillance programs.
The United States Court of Appeals has denied Canadian game developer Silicon Knights' attempt to overturn the verdict in its long-running legal battle with Epic Games over its Unreal Engine technology. In a decision last week, the Court of Appeals upheld the lower court's ruling that Silicon Knights has to pay Epic $4.5 million in damages - plus legal costs - and destroy all code and products created using the Unreal Engine.
According to a report on Law 360 Nintendo must pay a percentage of its 3DS sales to Tomita Technologies. The company was ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff to pay 1.82 percent of the sale cost of every Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL to Tomita Technologies International Ltd., which holds a patent for a glasses-less 3D display. The Judge ruled in December that Nintendo had in fact infringed on the company's patents.
In an interview with Fox News on Friday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) said that National Intelligence chief James Clapper and NSA leaker Edward Snowden should "share a jail cell," intimating that Clapper is as much a criminal as the former NSA contractor turned whistleblower (or traitor depending on what school of opinion you subscribe to). Clapper testified before Congress denying that the NSA was not engaging in supposed dragnet surveillance of American citizens.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has officially appealed a recent decision by a New York District Court Judge that determined that the National Security Agency's (NSA) wide-scale surveillance of mobile phone data was legal and within the confines of the law. The filing with the Federal Appeals Court could ultimately lead to the case being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has subpoenaed the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation for information related to the state’s $75-million investment in former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's 38 Studios video-game company, according to a Providence Journal report.
Rockstar Consortium (partly owned by Apple and Microsoft), a patent-holding company formed from the bankrupt Canadian telecom company Nortel, sued Google and manufacturers of Android phones over patents almost two months ago. Earlier this week Google punched back at the company, filing a counter-suit seeking to invalidate Rockstar's patents. That's a normal step for a defendant in a patent lawsuit, but Google didn't file its counter-claim in the East Texas court where Rockstar sued them. Instead it filed in Northern California.
Back in June of this year we reported on the plight of 19-year-old Texan Justin Carter, who was arrested back in March for making a terrorist threat online. The incident happened in February of this year. Justin Carter was either playing League of Legends or engaging in a forum conversation when another player wrote a comment calling him insane.
A Winnipeg man pled guilty to a dozen charges last Thursday related to the sale of pirated entertainment products on his Winnipeg-based web site Audiomaxxx.com. The Canadian recording industry called the music and video piracy operation twenty times bigger than anything ever taken down in the country.
Electronic Arts has found itself on the business end of a class action lawsuit related to the numerous bugs, glitches, and technical problems related to Battlefield 4. The game, which launched in November on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One has suffered numerous problems since launch, and while EA and developer DICE have tried to get a handle on things, apparently some investors (not players, surprisingly enough) are so upset that they have decided to take the fight to a court room.
A federal judge ruled on Monday that the NSA's broad and massive surveillance of Americans' phone records is likely unconstitutional, but put aside his decision to allow the government to appeal. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled in a lawsuit brought by a conservative activist named Larry Klayman that the legal challenge to the massive surveillance program would likely succeed on the grounds that it violates the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The United States government defended a heavily-redacted response to surveillance requests at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) made by multiple software technology companies including Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Facebook and LinkedIn. These companies have been petitioning the special court to allow them to disclose government requests. Under the law these companies cannot disclose this information because it has been deemed "classified."
An interesting report in the LA Business Journal (citing a Bloomberg report) says that Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick allegedly threatened to quit as Activision Blizzard’s top executive if the board didn't accept his buyout plan to re-secure Vivendi’s stake in the company. This little morsel of information - which Activision Blizzard has not publicly commented on as of this writing - comes from claims in a shareholder lawsuit over the deal.
Only a few hours after it was revealed that cloud-based file-sharing destination Hotfile has agreed to pay $80 million to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) as part of a settlement for a trial set to begin next week, the site went offline. Not only did the site go offline, but it took all of the user content being stored on its servers with it. Users who stored legal personal and business-related documents are now left in much the same situation that Megaupload users were left in, but this time it can't be blamed on anyone except the service provider.
Update: Hotfile has settled the case out of court and has accepted an $80 million judgment, according to Ars Technica. Hotfile has agreed to pay $80 million and to stop operating "unless it employs copyright filtering technologies that prevent infringement," according to a press release issued by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
A federal judge last week ruled that a class action cannot hold Apple responsible for apps on the iPhone and iPad that sold their users' data to advertisers. Jonathan Lalo was the lead plaintiff on a class action filed in 2010 claiming Apple had approved apps for the iPhones and iPads that intercepted personal information and tracked users' habits without authorization.
We have learned two things this week about Treehouse Avatar Technologies. Inc.: first, they are owned by a publicly traded Canadian company called - Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN, NASDAQ:WILN) and that the company has settled its lawsuit with Turbine. Apparently rather than fighting the accusations that Turbine violated its software patents the makers of D&D Online and The Lord of the Rings Online have opted to enter into a licensing agreement with the firm.
A bidding war has broken out for assets related to bankrupt developer TimeGate Studios, according to this Wall Street Journal report. According to WSJ rights to the first-person shooter Section 8 as well as TimeGate's unreleased free-to-play title Minimum are at the center of a feud between three separate companies including CNH Partners, France-based Atari SA and Southpeak Interactive Corp.
A new WPRI 12 Eyewitness News poll shows that a majority of Rhode Islanders have no problem defaulting on the bonds used to secure 38 Studios a $75 million loan in 2010. The company founded by Curt Schilling would later default on the loan payments and leave the state with a debt of $90 - $100 million.
Earlier in the month we reported that the attorney appointed by the Rhode Island courts to sell off the intellectual property owned by 38 Studios planned to delay an auction that was set for later this week. The online auction to sell off the current and future rights to the MMO Project Copernicus, sequel rights to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and rights for Big Huge Games franchises including Rise of Nations, Rise of Legends and Catan, as well as game engine technology, was set for Nov. 13 - 14.
The attorney in charge of selling off the remaining intellectual property of 38 Studios to recoup money in the hopes of paying down the $100 million debt the state of Rhode Island was left with when Curt Schilling's game studio defaulted on a $75 million loan in 2010 says that he wants to delay the auction scheduled for later this month. Attorney Richard J. Land, who was appointed by a R.I.
According to this NeoGAF thread, Electronic Arts is starting to send out checks as part of a settlement agreement related to a class action lawsuit about sports video game monopolies. EA came to an out-of-court settlement with the plaintiffs in the court case Pecover v. Electronic Arts in July 2012. As part of the agreement EA agreed to pay $27 million into a fund that would be used to pay lawyers' fees and class-action claimants in the case.
Zynga has won its Scramble With Friends lawsuit against Mattel in a UK court. The social gaming giant was sued by Mattel, who claimed that Zynga's game was too similar to Mattel's classic word game Scrabble. Mattel filed suit against Zynga arguing that Scramble With Friends was too similar to its own trademarked game, but High Court Justice Peter Smith rejected the claim, with one caveat.