June 25th, 2008, 20:59 Posted By: Shrygue
via Computer and Video Games
The lawyers behind the Grand Theft Auto Hot Coffee lawsuit say they are shocked by how few people have claimed for compensation over the game's hidden sexual content.
The suit, launched against Take-Two and Rockstar Games, enabled consumers who purchased Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to claim between $5 and $35 if they were offended by hidden sex scenes in the game. However, just 2,676 people made a claim, disappointing the lawyers who charged the game's publisher with defrauding buyers by failing to disclose the product's full content.
"Am I disappointed? Sure," said Seth Lesser, lead lawyer for the plaintiffs, reports the New York Times. "We can't guess as to why now, several years later, people care or don't care. The merits of the case were clear."
While Take-Two will have to pay out in the region of $30,000 to consumers who claimed for compensation and has also agreed to make an $860,000 charitable donation, the eleven law firms who launched the suit are reportedly seeking more than $1.3 million in fees, a sum that has drawn objections from some quarters.
The case could yet go to trial if the settlement is not approved by a federal judge.
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