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Kirby v. Sega of America, Inc., B183820

In a case involving a character in a video game that celebrity plaintiff alleges misappropriated her likeness and identity, summary judgment for defendants, distributors of a video game, is affirmed as defendants' right of free expression under the First Amendment and the even greater speech protections afforded by the California Constitution, Article I, section 2, provide a complete defense to plaintiff's claims, and defendants are entitled to attorney fees.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 09/25/2006
  • Published 10/25/2006

Judges

  • BOLAND, J.

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Blecher & Collins, Maxwell M. Blecher and Courtney A. Palko, Los Angeles, for Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Baker & McKenzie, Tod L. Gamlen, Keith L. Wurster, Palo Alto, and Christopher J. Keller, San Francisco, for Respondents Sega of America, Inc., AGETEC, Inc. and THQ, Inc.
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