A classic action lawsuit filed against Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games over the delayed launch of GTA Online has been dismissed.
In November of last year, Bruce McMahon launched a class action lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games, stating that Grand Theft Auto V launched in mid-September at a "premium" price but without GTA Online. The suit claimed that the absence of the promised online service constituted false advertising and was in violation of California consumer protection laws.
U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips did not agree, however. She noted that the package for Grand Theft Auto V did not state that the multiplayer component would be available immediately after launch, as well as warnings on the package that online play "may not be available to all users." Because of that, the judge ruled Take-Two and Rockstar had provided sufficient warning to consumers that the online component might not be ready at launch, and dismissed the case.
GTA Online was originally expected to go live alongside the launch of Grand Theft Auto V, but in August 2013 Rockstar announced that it would be pushed back to October 1.