Take-Two Interactive v. John B. Thompson

Take-Two Interactive v. John B. Thompson

"Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. v. John B. Thompson" is a lawsuit filed by Take Two Interactive against Miami attorney Jack Thompson seeking to permanently enjoin him from filing a public nuisance suit under Florida law against Take Two to block the sales of the unreleased video games "Grand Theft Auto IV" and "Manhunt 2". Thompson had previously filed just such a suit against Take Two to block the release of "Bully", which Thompson lost.

Thompson filed a countersuit on March 21 2007 charging Take Two with being at the center of a RICO conspiracy. Third parties named in the conspiracy were GamePolitics.com, Kotaku, Joystiq, GameSpot, IGN, Penny Arcade, EGM, Game Informer, Spong, the ESA, the ESRB and the ECAcite web |url=http://gamepolitics.com/2007/03/22/in-countersuit-thompson-claims-take-two-at-center-of-vast-rico-conspiracy/|title=In Countersuit, Thompson Claims Take Two at Center of Vast RICO Conspiracy|accessdate=2007-03-22|last= McCauley|first= Dennis|date=2007-03-22|publisher=GamePolitics.com] . On March 28 2007 Thompson filed an amended counterclaim with no mention of RICOcite web |url=http://gamepolitics.com/2007/03/29/wheres-rico-amended-jack-thompson-suit-vs-t2-drops-racketeering-allegations/|title=Where’s RICO? …Revised Jack Thompson Suit vs. T2 Drops Racketeering Allegations|accessdate=2007-03-29|last= McCauley|first=Dennis|date=2007-03-29|publisher=GamePolitics.com] .

Thompson and Take Two settled the suits on April 18 2007, filing with Federal District Court Judge Cecilia M. Altonagacite web|url=http://gamepolitics.com/2007/04/19/breaking-grand-theft-auto-publisher-settles-lawsuit-against-jack-thompson/|title=BREAKING - GTA Publisher, Jack Thompson Settle Lawsuit|accessdate=2007-04-19| last=McCauley|first=Dennis|date=2007-04-19|publisher=GamePolitics.com] . In the settlement Thompson agreed to:
# Not sue to block the sale or distribution of any Take Two title.
# Thompson may not communicate any alleged wrongdoings by Take Two to any party doing business with Take Two. He is not blocked from criticizing Take Two products or acting as counsel in any lawsuit brought against Take Two by a 3rd party.
# All of Thompson's future contact with Take Two will be through their attorneys.

Take-Two Interactive agreed to:
# Dismiss their lawsuit against Thompson.
# Drop the "Bully" contempt of court issue.

References

External links

* [http://www.gamepolitics.com/images/legal/FL-T2-JT.pdf Full text of lawsuit] - GamePolitics.com (PDF)
* [http://kotaku.com/gaming/jack-thompson/jack-thompson-strikes-back-245063.php Open letter by Thompson] - Kotaku
* [http://www.gamepolitics.com/images/legal/FL-T2-JT-counter.pdf Thompson's original countersuit] - GamePolitics.com (PDF)
* [http://www.gamepolitics.com/images/legal/FL-T2-J2-no-RICO.pdf Thompson's revised countersuit] - GamePolitics.com (PDF)
* [http://www.gamepolitics.com/images/legal/FL-T2-JT-settlement.pdf The settlement] - GamePolitics.com (PDF)


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