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Zynga vs EA case settled out of court

Plagiarism suit dismissed after undisclosed settlement agreement

EA and Zynga have reached a settlement to bring their legal entanglement to a close.

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Both EA's suit against Zynga over its alleged plagiarism of The Sims Social games with its Ville series, along with Zynga's counter-claim against EA for "anticompetitive and unlawful business practices" have been dismissed after an out-of-court settlement, reports Gamasutra.

Zynga has said in a statement today, "EA and Zynga have resolved their respective claims and have reached a settlement of their litigation in the Northern District of California."

The terms of the settlement remain undisclosed.

EA filed the original suit back in August 2012, when it claimed that in Zynga's recently-released Facebook game The Ville, it had "wilfully and intentionally copied and misappropriated the original and distinctive expressive elements of The Sims Social in a violation of U.S. copyright laws."

In its counter-claim, Zynga accused EA of "anticompetitive and unlawful business practices, including legal threats and demands for no-hire agreements".

Both sides will pay their own legal fees and all claims "are dismissed with prejudice," according to Northern District of California court filings, indicating that they cannot be revisited.

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