Grand Theft Auto 5 Class Action LawsuitTwo California men say they purchased Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V when the video game launched on September 17, 2013, but were unaware that they would be unable to compete with other game owners online due to the alleged negligent acts of Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., according to a false advertising class action lawsuit filed in California state court on October 4.

The Grand Theft Auto class action lawsuit says that prior to the video game launch, GTA V “was advertised as a state-of-the-art game that would provide without reservation ‘online multiplayer [for two-16 players]’ and [cooperative play for two-16 players.” However, those features were unavailable at the time of the September 17 release, according to the class action lawsuit filed by plaintiffs Bruce McMahon and Christopher Bengtson.

At the time of the filing, Rockstar Games estimated that it would take several weeks for the online multiplayer features to be available for GTA V. The class action lawsuit says the company should have known prior to the launch that these features would not be available and should have adequately advised consumers, like the plaintiffs, who paid $60 for GTA V. Packaging was not accurate, according to the Grand Theft Auto class action lawsuit, because it promised online play that was not available to any of the hundreds of thousands of buyers.

The plaintiffs are seeking certification on behalf of all buyers of the video game in California.

Take-Two Interactive Software announced in a press release on September 18 that first-day sales of GTA V were $800 million. The company also added: “Grand Theft Auto V also includes access to Grand Theft Auto Online, the revolutionary new open world online game launching October 1, 2013, that comes free with every copy of Grand Theft Auto V.”

That claim and the existing advertising may help the plaintiffs in their certification efforts, although the company has reportedly offered non-cash compensation to game owners that can be used to purchase items in Grand Theft Auto 5 itself.

The plaintiffs are represented by class action lawsuit attorneys Rex P. Sofonio of Sofonio & Associates APLC and James R. Hawkins.

The Grand Theft Auto Class Action Lawsuit is Bruce McMahon, et al. v. Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., et al., Case No. 1311350, in the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside.

UPDATE: A federal judge dismissed the Grand Theft Auto V class action lawsuit on Jan. 29. 2014, ruling that the packaging for the video game never promised that online multiplayer features would be available at launch.

UPDATE 2: On Feb. 19, 2016, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the dismissal of a class action lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. and Rockstar Games Inc. over false advertising allegations related to their Grand Theft Auto V video game.


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  • Anna Marie Petalino October 16, 2013

    I just bought this game for my son. How do I sign up as part of the suit

  • D Lewis October 16, 2013

    If you pay $60 for a game, you expect $60 worth. Include me x2 bought one for the XBox and one for the PS3

  • nicole mitchell October 16, 2013

    just bought the game for my boyfriend and my son one for xbox and one for the PS3. if i would of known that it wasnt worth the money i wouldnt of bought them.

  • leonilda October 16, 2013

    how can i become part of the lawsuit

  • shawn frison October 18, 2013

    I also brought two for ps3 one for me n one for my son

  • Brittany Meredith October 21, 2013

    My boyfriend and I bought this game for the PS3 how can be be added

  • Jo Carrasco October 22, 2013

    add me!

  • Jason Peck November 15, 2013

    What about the fact the game causes the Blu-Ray laser in most PS3s to freeze/fail and then the system doesn’t read ANY Blu-Ray discs/games?! WHO CARES ABOUT A WEEK NO ONLINE, WHERES THE CLASS ACTION SUIT FOR THIS GAME OVERLOADING MY SYSTEM (WHICH I DONT PLAY HARDCORE AND FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME) AND MAKING IT ONLY GOOD TO WATCH DVDS ON?!?!!?

  • Aaron Jones November 17, 2013

    I would like more info. Bought the game for Xbox and the second disc does not work at all.

  • l kopp November 20, 2013

    i have had 2 of my cars deleted from the online garage, over 1,000,000 $ in ingame money to replace them.. rockstar has deleted my posts in the support forum asking for compensation.. now they have lowered the payout for winning races and missions. in my opinion they are trying to force us to “purchase” gta cash.. i want compensation. it took me over 300 races and countless hours to get the cars that were deleted/stolen from me .

  • Chanda JeanLouis November 24, 2013

    I bought this game in October 2013 for my sons birthday.

  • MS.Benita Austin November 24, 2013

    features not all on game. I bought my game in 2013.

  • Top Class Actions March 2, 2016

    UPDATE 2: On Feb. 19, 2016, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the dismissal of a class action lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. and Rockstar Games Inc. over false advertising allegations related to their Grand Theft Auto V video game.

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