Removal of ads triggers lawsuit

From Times Wire Services

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. asked a federal judge to block the Chicago Transit Authority from removing advertisements for its "Grand Theft Auto IV" video game.

Take-Two filed suit in federal court, saying the CTA interfered with its right of free speech by removing ads for the game from the transit system. The ads may have been taken off because the game is rated "M," for mature users, according to the complaint.

The game maker said it paid $300,000 for a six-week ad campaign and that the ads were removed shortly after they began appearing April 22. The company said that Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich had previously criticized other games in the "Grand Theft Auto" series.

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