Court Cases

The list below provides a brief overview of all court cases that have been argued over the topic of video games and regulatory laws, as well as a link to the full decision released by the court in each case.

  • March 2001- American Amusement Machine Association, et al. v. Kendrick, et al.
    • 7th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled the Indianapolis Arcade Ordinance, which required minors to obtain parental permission before playing violent arcade games, to be unconstitutional.
    • Full decision
  • June 2003- Interactive Digital Software Association (IDSA) v. St. Louis County
    • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled a St. Louis, Missouri law, which made it illegal to sell or rent violent video games to minors, to be unconstitutional.
    • Full decision
  • July 2004- Western Washington Summary Judgment
    • Western Washington judge Robert Lasnik decreed as unconstitutional a law that would prohibit the sale of video games that depict violence against law enforcement officers.
    • Full decision
  • December 2005- Entertainment Software Association (ESA), et al., v. Blagojevich, et al.
    • Northern Illinois judge Matthew Kennelly decreed as unconstitutional the Illinois’ Violent Video Games Law and Sexually Explicit Video Games Law, which prohibited the renting or sole of violent or explicit video games to minors.
    • Full decision
  • April 2006- ESA, et al., v. Granholm, et al.
    • Eastern Michigan judge George Caram Steeh ruled as unconstitutional the implementation of a Michigan bill, which prohibited the sale of violent video games to minors.
    • Full decision
  • July 2006- ESA, et al., v. Hatch, et al.
    • Minnesota judge James M. Rosenbaum ruled as unconstitutional the implementation of a Minnesota law penalizing minors for the purchase or rental of M or AO rated games.
    • Full decision
  • November 2006- ESA, et al., v. Foti, et al.
    • Louisiana judge James Brady ruled as unconstitutional the implementation of a Louisiana statute seeking to ban the sale of violent video games to minors.
    • Full decision- Ruled from the bench, rather than in written statement.
  • November 2006- ESA, et al., v. Blagojevich, et al.
    • Seventh Circuit Judge Williams reaffirmed the 2005 decision ruling the Illinois Sexually Explicit Video Game Law as unconstitutional.
    • Full decision
  • August 2007- VSDA, et al., v. Schwarzenegger, et al.
    • Northern California Judge Whyte ruled as unconstitutional enforcement of the California violent video game law, which prohibited the sale to minors of games depicting violence against human beings.
    • Full decision
  • September 2007- EMA, et al., v. Henry, et al.
    • Western Oklahoma judge Robin J. Cauthron ruled as unconstitutional an Oklahoma law regulating computer and video games.
    • Full decision
  • February 2009- VSDA, et al., v. Schwarzenegger, et al.
    • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the 2007 decision ruling the California violent video games law as unconstitutional.
    • Full decision
  • June 2011- Brown v. EMA/ESA
    • The US Supreme Court ruled in support of both previous decisions in VSDA, et al., v. Schwarzenegger, et al., barring the implementation of the California violent video games law and affording First Amendment protection to video games.
    • Full decision

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