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Reasonable No Doubt? Activision 'Band Hero' lawsuit may rock a jury

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A judge ruled Tuesday that a jury should consider several claims made by the band No Doubt against gaming giant Activision.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ramona See rejected Activision's attempt to dismiss claims -- including fraud, violation of publicity rights and breach of contract -- by the band.

No Doubt, the ska-sparkled pop rockers from the OC, sued Activision in 2009, claiming that the company misused the band's likeness and never told band members that their avatars could be used to sing other musicians' songs in the game "Band Hero."

The lawsuit cited instances in which lead singer Gwen Stefani "could be used to perform suggestive lyrics from the Rolling Stones' hit 'Honky Tonk Women,'" the Associated Press reported.

An attorney for Activision, Jeffery McFarland, said they had a strong defense and looked forward to a trial.

Hologram Tupac could not be reached for comment. 

 

With contributions by Tony Pierce

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