U.S. Supreme Court Kicks Gaming's $1.4M Request For Cash to Lower Court

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to rule on a request by the video game industry for $1.4 million in attorneys' fees tied to the landmark video game freedom of speech decision earlier this year, opting instead to kick the request down to the circuit courts.

The Court chose not to rule on the request for attorneys' fees and expenses connected to the video game industry's win in the constitutional test of a California ban on the sale or rental of such games to minors, the Scotusblog.com reports. Instead, the court referred the request to the Ninth Circuit Court "for adjudication."

The Supreme Court sided with the video game industry this summer in a 7-2 ruling, declaring a victor in the six-year legal match between the industry and the California lawmakers who wanted to make it a crime for anyone in the state to sell extremely violent games to kids.


The law in question would have made it a crime to sell ultra-violent video games to minors in the State of California. It had been ruled un-Constitutional by lower courts.

If you're interested in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association et al. you should go back and read the analysis and news on that June ruling.

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damn lawyers are paid too much.