A US federal judge has refused a request from game publisher Take-Two Interactive to dismiss claims made in a lawsuit that it sold Grand Theft Auto games containing sexually explicit images under the wrong content label.
The lawsuit, filed in July 2005 seeking class-action status, said Take-Two’s alleged misconduct violated consumer protection laws in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia. Since then a number of cases making the same claim were consolidated in Manhattan federal court.
Take-Two and its subsidiary, Rockstar Games, had argued in its motion to dismiss parts of the lawsuit that the plaintiffs could only file claims in the states where they resided, not all 50 states.
But US District Judge Shirley Wohl Kram denied Take-Two’s motion and said she would reconsider if class-action status were granted in the case.
“If class certification is granted, the court will have the benefit of a well-defined class and a more fully developed treatment of potential choice of law questions,”
Judge Kram wrote in an opinion.
A spokesman for Take-Two was not immediately available to comment on the judge’s order.
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