Federal judge blocked California law against violent video games

On December 21, 2005, the US District Court for the Northern District of California granted a temporary injunction against a California law [PDF] banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. Industry groups had filed suit in October 2005 challenging the law's constitutionality under the First Amendment. The case was ultimately appealed to the US Supreme Court after the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the district court's ruling. The Supreme Court struck down the law as unconstitutional in June 2011.

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