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Court overturns TimeGate vs Southpeak arbitration decision

This week brings another twist in the long-running legal tussle over Section 8 between developer TimeGate and publisher Southpeak Interactive.

The latest ruling in the eventful saga, as reported by Gamerlaw, is a Texan court's decision to overturn an arbitration which ruled in Southpeak's favour.

TimeGate initiated the case by challenging the arbitration, which had awarded Southpeak $7.3 million in damages.

The judge found that the arbitrator hadn't abided by the conditions laid out in the contracts between the two companies - but fear not, fans of legal messes. Southpeak is free to appeal the decision. Again.

Going further back in time; the whole argument was sparked when Southpeak acquired Section 8 publisher Gamecock; neither TimeGate nor Southpeak were happy with the game's performance, and each sued the other for various forms of financial skullduggery.

Hit the Gamerlaw link above for an excellent summary of the embittered battle so far.

Thanks, Joystiq.

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