Giuliani Takes on Former Dictator Noriega in ‘Call of Duty’ Dispute

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Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be in court in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon to take on Panama’s former military dictator, Manuel Noriega, in a legal fight about a video game.

Noriega sued Santa Monica video game maker Activision Blizzard Inc. in July because he didn’t care for the way he was depicted in its popular game, “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.”

Giuliani said he would ask a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge to dismiss the lawsuit because video games are protected free speech. The former mayor is a named partner in New York law firm Bracewell & Giuliani.

Noriega, now 80 years old and serving a prison sentence in Panama for murders of political enemies, is seeking damages from Activision Blizzard, which he claims unjustly enriched itself through the “unauthorized and unlawful” use of his image in the game. He will not appear in court.

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