Ex-Panamanian Dictator Suing Activision Over Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Ex-Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is suing Activision for the “unlawful” use of his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Noriega, who ruled Panama between 1983 and 1989, filed suit on Tuesday, July 15th, claiming that Activision damaged his image with its unauthorized use in the game.
“In an effort to increase the popularity and revenue generated by BLACK OPS II, [Activision] used, without authorization or consent, the image and likeness of [Noriega] in BLACK OPS II,” stated his lawsuit. “Plaintiff was portrayed as an antagonist and portrayed as the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes, creating the false impression that defendants are authorized to use plaintiff’s image and likeness. This caused plaintiffs to receive profits they would not have otherwise received.” Noriega’s would continue by claiming that that Black Ops II wrongfully portrayed him “as a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state.”
Noriega is being represented Thomas Girardi from the firm Girardi & Keese and is seeking damages for unfair business practices, violation of common-law publicity rights and unjust enrichment. We’re reaching out to Activision for a comment on the lawsuit.