'Tween queens take publisher to court over their "blatantly abandoned" game franchise.
When they hear the names Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, most people think of the words "cute" or "perky." Some unsavory souls think "jailbait." Rarely, however does "lawsuit" come to mind. However, less than two months before their 18th birthday, the former Full House stars are engaging in some very grown-up legal action. Late last week, the television tabloid show Celebrity Justice revealed the twin 'tween queens are suing Acclaim, former publisher of their Mary-Kate and Ashley game franchise.
According to the suit, which can be viewed in full on the Celebrity Justice site, Acclaim failed to pay Olsen-owned Dualstar Entertainment $177,966.32 in game royalties. The suit seeks the back royalties plus "maximum interest" and an additional $300,000 Acclaim was to pay Dualstar as part of a termination settlement reached last fall. The termination settlement came after several months of behind-the-scenes legal wrangling between the two companies. According to a letter from Olsens' lawyers filed with the suit, the split came after the cancellation of Mary-Kate and Ashley in ACTION!, a GameCube, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2, and PC game scheduled for a fall 2003 release.
News source: GameSpot