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Grandma Sues Over Hot Coffee

Florence Cohen, an 85-year-old New York woman, upset that she bought "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" for her 14-year-old grandsom without knowing it contained hidden sexually explicit scenes, has filed a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Take-Two Interactive alleging that the company engaged in false, misleading, and deceptive practices.

According to the suit, Cohen is seeking unspecified damages on behalf of herself and all consumers nationwide, saying that the company should give up its profits from the game for what amounted to false advertising, consumer deception, and unfair business practices.

Cohen bought the game in 2004 when it was rated "M" for mature, for players 17 and older. When Cohen learned that the game contained hidden sexually explicit scenes and had been re-rated to "AO" for Adults Only by the ESRB, she directed that the game be taken away from her grandson.

Laurence D. Paskowitz, the attorney who filed the lawsuit for Cohen, said no parent would knowingly buy an adult-only video game for their children. "They should really make sure this doesn't happen again," Paskowitz said. "The least this company can do is offer refunds."

Check out our earlier stories to get up to speed on the GTA "Hot Coffee" scandal:

Opinionated Editorial: It strikes us funny that this woman that is so upset by the recent discovery of hidden nude content in GTA: San Andreas was all-too willing to buy her 14 year-old grandson an "M" rated game. Last we checked, M rated games were suggested for people 17 and older.

This editorial cartoon, produced by Drew Sheneman of the Newark Star Ledger, submitted before Cohen's lawsuit, certainly sums things up succinctly. Many thanks to Daryl Cagle's Pro Cartoonists Index

7/28/2005 Frank Provo

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