We all remember "Hot Coffee" and the fiasco it brought with it. Take Two publishes GTA San Andreas with hidden code for a sex mini-game, someone found and exploited it, and of course some loudmouth whiner babies decided they would try to squeeze 30 bucks out of Take Two's wallet and get on the local TV news in the process by filing a class action lawsuit, which they won (unfortunately ). Earlier this year, Take Two set up a website where people could apply for compensation if they have a copy of the game with the "Hot Coffee" code still in it. Awards ranged from 5-35 dollars and could also include a fresh copy of the game.
Much to the chagrin of Seth Lesser, the attorney responsible for the plaintiffs, out of the millions of people who bought the game, only 2,676 people signed up for the retroactive compensation. "We can't guess as to why now, several years later, people care or don't care," said Lesser, "The merits of the case were clear." Get more details and analysis after the jump.
So, let's do the math here. 2,676 people sign up for compensation from Take Two ranging from $5 to $35 each, which ends up costing the company somewhere around $30,000. And what did Seth Lesser and his legal colleagues from over 10 different law firms charge for their services in the class action lawsuit? $1.3 million. Offering insight into this situation, the New York Times spoke to gamer and director of the Legal Center for Public Interest Theodore H. Frank.
“There are two possibilities,” Mr. Frank said of the settlement. “Possibility one is they have a meritorious lawsuit and they’re selling out the class for attorneys’ fees. The other possibility is that, and frankly I think this is the more likely possibility, they brought a meritless lawsuit that had no business being brought to court at all.”
We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
The New York Times: Hidden Sex Scenes Draw Ho-Hum, Except From Lawyers