Take-Two Offers to Settle Hot Coffee Scandal

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Take-Two Interactive has settled all of the class action lawsuits against it related to the "Hot Coffee" scandal.
When it came to light that a sexual mini-game was contained in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, lawyers around the country sprang into action to file class-action lawsuits against Take-Two. While the mini-game wasn't part of the retail release, it could potentially be unlocked and viewed. As such, Take-Two has proposed a settlement for these class-action lawsuits.

While Take-Two does not admit liability or wrongdoing, it is offering a lot of money to make the whole case go away. Take-Two offered to spend $1.025 million to refund consumers up to $35 per copy of the game. The payment will be made to consumers who can prove they purchased the game and who swear they were offended by the Hot Coffee content, would not have bought the game were they aware of the Hot Coffee content, and would have returned the game if they thought they could.

Like many class action suits, this settlement doesn't do much for consumers, but it does provide for paying the costs of defendants up to $2.75 million (not including the costs of notifying class members of the settlement. This settlement is still subject to the approval of the courts.

In a statement, Ben Feder (Chief Executive Officer of Take-Two Interactive) claimed that had the case gone to court he believes Take-Two would not have been found liable for the hidden content, but wanted "to avoid protracted and costly litigation."

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