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Anti-video game lawyer and game publisher make up and drop lawsuits

Take Two Interactive, publisher of the Grand Theft Auto series, and Jack Thompson, Florida attorney and anti-video game critic, have reached a settlement on a set of pending legal actions.

Thompson has a storied history against Take Two’s games, including an effort to ban the sales of the Sony PlayStation 2 game Bully in Florida. In October 2006, Take Two returned fire by seeking to have Jack Thompson held in contempt of court. In March, Take Two pre-emptively sued Jack Thompson for his threats to block the release of Manhunt 2 and Grand Theft Auto IV.

GamePolitics is reporting that Thompson and Take Two have reached a settlement whereby Thompson will not sue or threaten to sue to block sale or distribution of any game published by Take Two, nor will he communicate to the company or its partners any accusation that the company committed any wrongdoing by selling its games. Thompson will not be restricted to publically criticizing Take Two’s products, but must make all future contacts with the publisher through its attorneys.

In return, Take Two has agreed to drop its lawsuit against Thompson, for which the court hearing was originally set just the day after the settlement.

“Take-Two agreed to this settlement as part of our ongoing resolution of outstanding legal issues. We're pleased that Mr. Thompson has agreed neither to threaten nor to bring personally lawsuits against Take-Two or our partners related to the sale or distribution of our products,” Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick told GameSpot. “As part of this settlement, Take-Two and Mr. Thompson resolved all pending litigation in the Florida state and federal courts. We will continue to defend aggressively our legal positions as well as pursue prompt resolution in the interest of our company and shareholders.”

Thompson had comments of his own, calling the settlement “a huge victory,” adding, “They dropped the contempt matter in state court. I got everything I wanted.”

Jack Thompson was most recently in the spotlight for his conclusions linking the Virginia Tech killer to video games. Results from the search warrant conducted by authorities, however, found no video games in the possession of Cho Seung-hui, leaving Thompson’s claims largely baseless.





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