Ex-Dictator Manuel Noriega Files Lawsuit Against Activision for Using Likeness in Call of Duty

By Allisa James

July 16, 2014

Manuel Noriega, former dictator of Panama, recently filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard for depicting him and using his name without compensation in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

The lawsuit was filed in Los Angelos just yesterday and it alleges that Call of Duty: Black Ops II portrays him as “a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state.” This was done “to heighten realism in its game,” which “translates directly into heightened sales.”

Noriega and his attorney is seeking both damages and lost profits. At the time of the game’s release, he stated that he “was not involved in the creation of the game” and that “it is clear to game players that his character and others that are based on real-life figures are fantasy.”

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Allisa James

Senior Weekend Staff Writer for DualShockers. Loves JRPGs, artbooks, and anime.

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