Thursday, 22 March 2007

Jack Thompson Countersues Take-Two

"Go Home Jack"
We'll try to report this as blandly as possible since the talented Mr. Thompson will probably benefit from the press attention. Around a week ago we reported that Take-Two Interactive filed suit against Florida lawyer Jack Thompson, and that this was a preemptive move to keep said lawyer from making actions against the company in light of the upcoming releases of GTA IV and Manhunt 2.

As expected, and promised by Mr. Thompson, he has filed his response to the Take-Two suit. He has also filed a countersuit that accuses Take-Two Interactive of multiple violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), noting that the company has embarked on a continued effort to violate his constitutional rights since July 2005.

Aside from the claims of infringement upon his rights, what's noteworthy about Thompson's defense is that he seems to have claimed that the ESRB has found that Take-Two Interactive failed to disclose objectionable content in its role-playing game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The ESRB has said that it finds Bethesda Softworks at fault in that matter, not Take-Two.

Thompson also claims that Take-Two had a lot of help in breaking the law. The countersuit he's prepared also mentions the ESA, Penny Arcade, GameSpot, as well as a number of other companies and media outlets as having conspired and collaborated with Take-Two to commit racketeering activities.

The lawyer is looking to be awarded damages and be reimbursed of his legal fees.

Thanks goes to PSPUpdates for the information

LINK: PSPUpdates

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