Video Game Makers Say Free Speech Bars 'Mob Wives' Suit

Law360, New York (April 23, 2014, 6:28 PM EDT) -- Video game giant Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. asked a Manhattan federal judge last week to dismiss claims that it stole the life story of a former "Mob Wives" star for a minor character in "Grand Theft Auto V," saying the allegations are foreclosed by the First Amendment.

The motion came two months after Take-Two and subsidiary Rockstar Games were hit with a lawsuit from Karen Gravano — former star of the VH1 reality TV show and a daughter of a purported mobster — that the companies used her likeness, story and personal image in GTA without her permission.

In an April 17 filing,...

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