By Steven Wong   //   September 22, 2014 8:50 AM

Activision moves to dismiss Noriega lawsuit; Rudy Giuliani co-counsel

Activision has filed its motion to dismiss Manuel Noriega's (former dictator of Panama) absurd lawsuit over his depiction in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Former New York City Mayor and US Attorney Rudy Giuliani is serving as co-counsel.

By Steve Watts   //   January 27, 2014 7:00 AM

EA granted new trial in Madden creator suit

A district court judge has granted EA a new trial in the suit it lost against Robin Antonick, the original creator of the Madden series. Judge Charles Breyer stated the jury lacked the evidence for a proper ruling, and should have been comparing source code rather than visual similarities.
By Steve Watts   //   January 22, 2014 7:30 AM

Blizzard suing Hearthstone clone maker

Blizzard has filed suit against Chinese dev Unico, over its alleged Hearthstone copycat "Legend of Crouching Dragon." The suit seeks $1.65 million in damages.
By Alice O'Connor   //   June 13, 2013 10:45 AM

3D Realms suing Gearbox over Duke Nukem Forever royalties

It seemed the Duke Nukem Forever saga was finally over, released and sunk without a trace, but oh no, not quite. Creator 3D Realms has filed a lawsuit against Gearbox Software--the developer which bought DNF after 3DR failed then finished the game--claiming that the Borderlands developer hasn't paid everything it owes, and is blocking an audit to find quite how much that is.
By Alice O'Connor   //   July 23, 2012 10:00 AM

Madden NFL price-fixing settlement blocks EA NCAA exclusivity

EA is set to pay out $27 million and swear not to renew its exclusivity agreement with the NCAA, as part of the settlement for a 2008 class-action lawsuit alleging such arrangements resulted in price-fixing.
By Alice O'Connor   //   March 12, 2012 6:15 AM

Mojang and ZeniMax settle Scrolls trademark dispute

2011's slightly silly legal battle between Bethesda parent company ZeniMax and Minecraft developer Mojang over the name 'Scrolls' has drawn to a close with a settlement that sees both parties sort-of getting what they wanted.
By Alice O'Connor   //   January 26, 2012 12:30 PM

NCsoft trying to block Tera launch, alleging theft of trade secrets

NCsoft is taking Tera developer Bluehole Studio to court to try and block the MMORPG's release in North America, claiming it's built upon ideas "looted" from NCsoft when Bluehole's founders worked there on Lineage 3.
By Alice O'Connor   //   December 28, 2011 4:00 PM

Final Fantasy XI lawsuit dismissed

A US court has dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed against Square Enix back in 2009, which accused it of sneaky-doings, concealing information related to its fees and service.
By Alice O'Connor   //   December 28, 2011 6:45 AM

Viacom ordered to pay Harmonix $383 million

When Rock Band dev Harmonix and former owner Viacom argued over who exactly owed whom bonus money, resolution accountants were called in. After a rummage in the books, the jointly-appointed arbitrator has decided that Viacom owes Harmonix $383 million.