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Game Groups Target Louisiana Law

19 Jun, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf

Video trade groups are battling a Louisiana law that would subject purveyors of video games to major fines and prison time for putting violent games in the hands of minors.

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) along with co-plaintiff Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) filed suit in the Federal District Court of Baton Rouge to overturn the state's new video game law.

The groups contend the harsh law is both unconstitutional and unnecessary and wastes Louisiana taxpayer money. The groups have already successfully defeated similar laws in six other courts around the country in the last five years.

Parents and the industry at large are already working hard to ensure that video games are purchased responsibly, said Doug Lowenstein, ESA president.

“Retailers already have increasingly effective carding programs in place to prevent the sale of Mature or Adult-Only games to minors,” he said. “Legislators know full well that this bull is destined to meet the same fate as other failed efforts to ban video game sales.”

The Louisiana bill suffers from the same constitutional “defects” that eliminated similar laws in Michigan and five other states, said EMA president Bo Anderson.

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