ESA Files for $1.1 Million Reimbursement from California

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled on the Brown v. EMA case, it’s time for that time-honored traditional of court cases everywhere: motions for reimbursement of legal fees!

The Entertainment Software Association has filed for their reimbursement, and it’s a big one: $1.1 million. That’s almost four times as much as the $282,794 the ESA received from the State of California when the lower court ruled against the law in 2008.

Says the ESA:

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.

You have to wonder what the bigger deterrent to future attempts to pass laws like this will be. The Supreme Court decision, or the high cost of losing the case? OK, maybe it’ll be a little of both.

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