When YouTuber and game critic Jim Sterling, real name James Nicholas Stanton, directed harsh criticism at The Slaughtering Grounds that was available on Steam, the developer and publisher Digital Homicide didn’t take kindly to it.
After a bit of back and forth between Sterling and one-half of Digital Homicide, James Oliver Romine, the latter decided to take the matter further and sued the game critic.
On Friday, 13th January 2017 Honorable John J. Tuchi of the Federal District Court for the District of Arizona partially granted Sterling’s motion to dismiss. That opens up the case for Romine to amend his complaint with proper parties and complaints. He has until the 10th February 2017 to make that adjusted complaint. If the adjustment isn’t submitted by that time, the case will be dismissed.
Honorable Tuchi said in the ruling
Several of the Defendant’s (Jim Sterling) arguments in the Motion to Dismiss may have merit. However, the Court’s present analysis begins and ends with Defendant’s first argument, that, according to his own allegations in the Complaint, it is insufficiently clear that Plaintiff (James Oliver Romine) is the proper party to bring his claims. Arizona law provides, “A member of a limited liability company, solely by reason of being a member, is not a proper party to proceedings by or against a limited liability company unless the object is to enforce a member’s right against or liability to the limited liability company.”
For more on the matter and more from the ruling, check out Leonard French’s video below:
Digital Homicide also attempted to sue 100 Steam users for being part of a “hate and harassment group” but later dropped the case.