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Federal judge blocks Michigan video game law

[JURIST] A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction against a Michigan law [PDF text] that banned retailers from selling or renting violent video games to minors. US District Judge George Steeh ruled Wednesday that the statute could not be enforced until a lawsuit filed by the Entertainment Software Association [advocacy website; press release] on behalf of the gaming industry is resolved. According to Steeh, the injunction was proper because under controlling law, the gaming industry was likely to ultimately prevail in its lawsuit and that the statute's restriction on the industry's First Amendment freedoms [LII backgrounder] would "unquestionably constitute irreparable injury." The gaming industry is also challenging a similar law in California [JURIST report]. Reuters has more.

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