Video Game Law Blog

October 07, 2005

A recent lawsuit filed against Rockstar and Take Two in Illinois has been transferred to US District Court because of the Class Action Fairness Act, which requires that claims seeking more than $5 million be filed in federal court. The plaintiff, a mother who claims her children were exposed to sexually explicit content in GTA San Andreas and that the defendants misled the public by rating the game M instead of AO, is seeking to have the action certified as a class action. Those eligible to join the class are 'all persons in the United States who purchased at retail, GTA that contained an 'M' rating"?. Even though no class member is seeking damages in excess of $75,000, the total aggregate claim (given the potential number of class members) exceeds the $5 million threshold over which class actions must be brought in federal court.

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