WIRE)--Sept. 14, 2005--The computer and video game industry will file suit in
Michigan asking that the state's new video game law be overturned, the
Entertainment Software Association announced today. Similar laws were previously
found unconstitutional and thrown out in St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Washington
State, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.
"If this law is implemented, it will not only limit First Amendment rights for
Michigan's residents, but, by virtue of its vagueness, it will also create a
huge amount of confusion for Michigan's retailers, parents, and video game
developers," said Douglas Lowenstein, president of the ESA, the trade group
representing U.S. computer and video game publishers. "I'm confident the court
will affirm our position given the rulings on similar statutes in other
jurisdictions; indeed, the facts, the science, the law, and the U.S.
Constitution have not changed since those decisions were handed down."