Take-Two Interactive returns fire after being "Bully"ed in Florida

The website GamePolitics is reporting that lawyers representing Take-Two Interactive, publishers of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto titles, and more recently the controversial Bully, are seeking to have Jack Thompson held in contempt of court.

Attorneys for the Philadelphia law firm Blank-Rome, representing Take-Two, have filed a "Petition for Order to Show Cause" which requests that Judge Friedman - who earlier this month ruled against Thompson's attempted ban of Bully in Florida - order Thompson to appear in court and give a good reason as to why he should not be held in contempt of court.

In a worst-case scenario for Thompson (gamers may have a slightly different perspective), he could face jail time - but more likely would face fines, judicial admonishment, or censure.

Thompson has reacted to the motion with his usual predictable attitude. Below are some excerpts from emails carbon-copied to GamePolitics:

"You want to play hardball…?  You want to try to throw me in jail?  You have no idea what you are unleashing in doing this.  You’re at the brink… "

"If this court in any fashion proceeds toward issuing a show cause order, given its utter baselessness and the bad faith goo in which it slithers, then Thompson will add whatever judge should do so as a defendant in the aforementioned federal civil rights action…"

Presumably the first quote comes from Thompson himself, and the second from a fellow member of his firm, unless it is Thompson again, but speaking in the third person.

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