Upper Deck’s Legal Battle With Konami Heats Up
After a year of relatively under the radar litigation, The Upper Deck Company's case against Konami Entertainment appears headed for a disastrous outcome. Konami Entertainment has accused Upper Deck of copyright infringement, breach of contract and trademark counterfeiting, saying that Upper Deck illegally reproduced more than 600,000 Yu-Gi-Oh! cards.
Upper Deck could face hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from the suit. The judge in the case will rule on the damages awarded to Konami on Jan. 26.
Upper Deck became a distributor for Konami in 2002, but allegedly began making and selling fake cards outside of the deal.
Ben Fox, Konami's lawyer at Morrison and Foerster, confirmed suspicions that his client was prepared to go for the jugular, asking for several hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
More details on the story can be found in this article published by the New York Daily Post.
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Guys you may love Upper Deck but the facts are facts, the head of Upper Deck has admitted his involvement in counterfeiting these cards, and this is not the first problem with Upper Deck only the most publicised. Some of you are really talking a lot of trash, all of the court documents are available on-line so you can see exactly what has gone on. Are there good people at Upper Deck? Yes I am 100% sure of that, but at the top of the company it is corrupt. I am not going to sit and tell you guys to read my stuff but I do have the court facts on my site, and they are taken from the real documents which are also linked to. Read them and see what you think when you have all the facts.
I cant see Upper Deck making it if the market is going to have any shread of legitimacy. Unless McWilliam leaves, and obviously that will never happen. I guess we will have to wait and see on the 26th. If Upper Deck as a brand can be sold to someone who will run it honestly I would love to see them in the marketplace, but they have to change and I don’t think they will.