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Zynga fires back with countersuit against EA
249 days ago
(AP:SAN FRANCISCO) Zynga Inc. is firing back at rival game maker Electronic Arts Inc. in a legal tussle that it says goes beyond who copied whose game.
While saying EA's copyright infringement lawsuit filed last month has "no merit," Zynga on Friday filed a countersuit against EA for allegedly violating antitrust laws by trying to prevent its employees from defecting to Zynga.
The countersuit "addresses actions by EA we believe to be anticompetitive and unlawful business practices, including legal threats," said Zynga's general counsel Reggie Davis in a statement.
EA spokesman John Reseburg responded Friday, saying the move was "predictable subterfuge aimed at diverting attention from Zynga's persistent plagiarism of other artists and studios."
Last month, EA sued Zynga, saying that its new game "The Ville" infringes EA's game, "The Sims Social."
Zynga's legal response and counterclaim were filed in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
Zynga is based in San Francisco. EA's headquarters are in Redwood City, Calif.
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