Video Game Law Blog

August 14, 2006

The Entertainment Software Association has announced that the video game industry was successful in forcing the State of Illinois to pay its legal bill for challenging a law that the judge said it knew to be unconstitutional from the outset. Kennelly J. issued the order against Illinois "for its unconstitutional effort to enact a law banning the sale of violent video games".

The Judge is further reported to have stated "As we said from the outset of this debacle and repeatedly since then, instead of squandering taxpayers' money on frivolous lawsuits and attempting to enact clearly unconstitutional laws, we encourage policymakers to focus their resources on a cooperative effort with industry, retailers, parent groups and health groups to work together to educate parents about the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings and content descriptors, and the parental controls available in all next generation consoles to help parents make sound choices about the games their kids play."

The total bill?  US$510,528.64.
coverage at (GameDaily)