Best Buy Sued by Activist Thompson
The controversial anti-gaming activist Jack Thompson launched his latest salvo against the gaming industry this week, filing a lawsuit against both Best Buy and the Entertainment Software Rating Board, GamePolitics.com reported. The suit, filed in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, alleges that the retail giant and ratings board have both allowed M-rated video games to be sold to children.
Thompson, an attorney who makes frequent appearances on Fox News Channel and other media outlets, has often been outspoken about what he says as the pernicious influence of video games on the culture. He has filed multiple lawsuits against the makers of the “Grand Theft Auto” series of games, as well as other gaming companies and retailers. Thompson has also gone after Howard Stern, as well as the producers of rap music.
In the suit, Thompson alleges that in selling games rated M-for-Mature online to underage kids, Best Buy is in violation of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. Best Buy has said that it only sells games to customers with credit cards, a policy backed by the Federal Trade Commission.