SEGA Offers $1.25m Settlement Over Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit
Written Tuesday, August 12, 2014 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
SEGA has proposed a $1.25 million settlement in the class-action lawsuit that claims the company falsely advertised Aliens: Colonial marines.
The suit was filed in April 2013 by Roger Damion Perrine and John Locke on behalf of customers who bought the game on the strength of pre-release materials (trailers and demos) that are believed to have misrepresented the quality of the game.
SEGA’s move is not an admission of guilt. Settlements are often seen as a way of ending the dispute in a manner that is beneficial to both sides.
Gearbox, the developer of Aliens: Colonial Marines, continues to take a different approach, having made a formal request for the case to be dropped. The studio maintains that it is not to blame for the apparent deception.
This is all going on in the US, but in the UK SEGA has already admitted that some of its trailers for Aliens: Colonial Marines were misleading. The company agreed to add a disclaimers to some trailers.
If the court accepts SEGA's settlement offer, $312,500 will be paid to attorneys, $200,000 will cover admin and court costs and $2,500 will go to the main plaintiff, John Locke.
The remaining money will go to customers who have made a claims. The renumeration will not exceed the value of the Aliens: Colonial Marines.