Sega Video Game Suit Advances, Sans Gearbox


     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Keeping their focus on Sega, consumers withdrew claims over promos for “Aliens: Colonial Marines” that they say misrepresented the video game’s quality.
     Lead plaintiffs Damion Perrine and John Locke brought a federal complaint against Sega of America and Gearbox Software in 2013, claiming the game’s misleading promo induced them to buy it.
     The game is based on James Cameron’s 1986 film “Aliens.”
     This past May, U.S. District Judge James Donato refused to certify a class of “all persons in the United States who paid for a copy of the ‘Aliens: Colonial Marines’ video game either on or before Feb. 12, 2013,” finding the group unascertainable.
     Donato followed that decision up with a one-page order on May 29 that says the parties “have agreed to a settlement of this case as to defendant Gearbox.”
     Sega remains a defendant in the case, which is soon to be set for trial.
     
Editor’s Note: Though Courthouse News was unable to reach the parties prior to the publication of this article, Gearbox’s attorney, Robert Schwartz with Irell & Manella, emphasized in an email Thursday that “Gearbox did not settle,” and that his client “paid nothing to plaintiffs.”

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