Take-Two and Rockstar dismissed the lawsuit filed jointly by Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations, thus ending a legal dispute that arose in response to Red Dead Redemption 2The in-game use of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.
GameDaily had already reported voluntary layoff earlier in the day. He notes that Take-Two and Rockstar have "voluntarily rejected" the lawsuit filed against Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations and Pinkerton Service Corporation in January.
The Take-Two complaint followed a complaint filed by Pinkerton against the two video game companies at about the same time. In a statement made to GamesIndustry, Take-Two confirmed that Pinkerton "withdrew its claims against Red Dead Redemption 2and Take-Two will not pursue the lawsuit against Pinkerton. "
Pinkerton's original lawsuit accused Take-Two and Rockstar of violating its Pinkerton trademark by handing Pinkerton's detective agency and Pinkerton agents a significant part of its 2018 release story. Red Dead Redemption 2.
Meanwhile, Take-Two and Rockstar's counter-action alleged that the Pinkertons of the real world were stretching their rights over the name and that Rockstar's references to the former Pinkerton National Detective Agency were protected by the First Amendment .
"Simply put, defendants can not use trademark law to appropriate the past and prevent creators from including historical references to Pinkerton agents in their representations of the American West" , said this initial deposit.