Lawyers Lose Legal Case After Not Playing Enough Call of Duty
Infinite Warfare doesn't come with applauding critiques, so you can't blame people if that was the straw that broke the camel's back in terms of playing Call of Duty. But, you'd imagine that anyone wagering a lawsuit for copyright might have played the game somewhat, right?
Well, one set of lawyers has been hit with quite a heavy slap on the wrist after trying to take on Activision with a lawsuit, despite not playing Call of Duty.
Brooks Entertainment Inc took Activision Blizzard to court over a character in Infinite Warfare called Sean Brooks and consequently lost because of their lack of Call of Duty playtime.
Lawyer Sanctioned In Court For Not Playing Call of Duty
According to a report from the United States outlet JD Supra, Brooks Entertainment was in an ongoing legal case with Activision Blizzard, claiming that they had ripped off the character Sean Brooks from their own protagonist "Shon Brooks" in the games Stock Picker and Save One Bank.
The lawsuit claimed that Activision's version of Brooks was a "main character" in the Infinite Warfare campaign and shared starting similarities to their own version. Comparisons were reportedly made between both Shon Brooks' and Sean Brooks' unlimited resources and missiles, their hunger to bring thieves to justice, their trip to Mars, and "scripted game battle scenes take place in a high fashion couture shopping centre mall."
However, Brooks Entertainment was allegedly told on January 7, 2002, that the "Complaint contain[ed] serious factual misrepresentations and errors, and that the claims set forth therein are both factually and legally frivolous," by the Activision counsel who then threatened retaliative sanctions according to the report.
Given that Brooks Entertainment chose to pursue the complaint further, the suit proceeded to court where a judge has reportedly ruled in favour of Activision.
The judge apparently claimed: "It was immediately apparent to me that many (if not virtually all) of the factual allegations in the Complaint were not accurate," after Activision's lawyers played a 90-minute walkthrough of the Infinite Warfare campaign.
If dealing with watching 90 minutes of Infinite Warfare action wasn't bad enough, the lawyer was reportedly sanctioned, with the judge adding, "Plaintiff’s counsel could have easily verified these facts prior to filing the factually baseless Complaint, just as the Court easily verified them within the first hour and a half of playing the game."
The reports suggest that Brooks Entertainment are now to reimburse Activision's lawyer's fees and litigation costs, adding a double-whammy to losing the suit.