ESA Demands 1.1 Million Dollars from California. Attorneys Are Costly

on July 25, 2011 7:00 PM

The Entertainment Software Association announced today that it filed with the US Supreme Court a motion to be reimbursed 1.1 Million Dollars from the state of California, as compensation for the Attorneys’ fees spent during the litigation about California’s law to turn the sale of violent video games to minors into a crime. 

The motivation for the demand reads as follows:

California persisted in defending a law that Plaintiffs warned the Legislature was unconstitutional before it was passed; that was previously found to be unconstitutional by the district court and a unanimous panel of the Ninth Circuit; and that is similar to at least eight other laws invalidated as unconstitutional prior to the time that California sought certiorari in this case.”

This isn’t the first time the state of California wastes taxpayers’ moneys in it’s losing battle against the gaming industry, as a similar (but smaller) compensation of little less than 300,000 dollars was already paid in 2008, after another court ruling.

Maybe it’s time for legislators to learn their lesson. Nowadays Americans aren’t really swimming in a pool of money.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.