Axl Rose's 'Guitar Hero' Suit Too Late, Judge Rules

Law360, Los Angeles (January 31, 2013, 3:57 PM EST) -- A California judge Thursday tentatively dismissed the remainder of Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose's $20 million lawsuit accusing Activision Blizzard Inc. of tricking him into licensing a song for the video game "Guitar Hero III," ruling that Rose's claims were time-barred.

At a Thursday hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judge Charles F. Palmer issued a tentative decision dismissing Rose's breach of contract and promissory estoppel claims, ruling they had been filed after a two-year statute of limitations for breach of oral contracts had expired.

The judge rejected arguments by Rose's lawyers that a May 2007 email between Activision...

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