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CA Pays ESA Another $950K In Legal Fees

Posted On: 1/27/2012

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SACRAMENTO, CA -- California will pay $950,000 to the Electronic Software Association to cover the trade group's legal bills in a landmark videogame case.

On June 27, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association and Entertainment Software Association that videogames deserve First Amendment protection. | SEE STORY

The landmark verdict decisively overturned a 2005 California law that sought to ban youths' access to videogames on the basis of so-called "violent" content. | SEE RULING

California had already paid the ESA to cover its legal fees in two California lower court rulings that abrogated the same law.

With the latest and final reimbursement, the total that California has paid to the ESA is $1.3 million. The ESA has received another $1.8 million from other states that suffered comparable reversals on similar laws from various appeals courts.

ESA president Michael D. Gallagher said the organization would invest some of the money from California in after-school educational programs for disadvantaged youths in Oakland and Sacramento.