As previously reported, Minnesota will reimburse $65,000 in legal fees to the video game industry over the state's failed 2006 "fine the buyer" video game law. This move signalled that Minnesota would not be taking the case before the U.S. Supreme Court, its only remaining legal recourse. Here, Finance & Commerce address the implications, among them the suggestions that Minnesota essentially bargained away - for $19,000 plus future legal fees - its opportunity to take its argument before the U.S. Supreme Court. Given all that the state had already invested in the case, that would seem a rather curious decision.
It would have been fascinating - and, yes, risky - for the Supreme Court to consider a video game law, especially given Justice Antonin Scalia's comments to Law of Play blogger Anthony Prestia that game legislation might be constitutional.