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Lawsuit against company that developed game involving farm equipment dropped

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A lawsuit involvinig a company that developed a farming game was recently dropped.
A lawsuit involvinig a company that developed a farming game was recently dropped.

A lawsuit that involved a company that creates video games for the online social network Facebook was recent dropped.

According to MediaPost.com, the suit, filed by California resident Rebecca Swift, was withdrawn by the woman without any reason given. The suit targeted Facebook along with Zynga, which produces games that include one focused on farm equipment.

The suit alleged that the companies profited from ads that may draw users in with offers for virtual currency that can be used in the games. Smith had accepted an offer for a free trial of a green tea supplement to earn the currency with the promise that she could cancel the offer within 15 days of accepting it. However, MediaPost says that Swift said the company would not cancel when she made the request.

"Swift's legal papers did not give a reason for the withdrawal against Facebook, but some legal experts say that Facebook and Zynga both have strong defenses under the federal Communications Decency Act," MediaPost said. "That law immunizes web companies from liability for material they didn't create."

One of the games that is produced by Zynga is Farmville, which was one of the most popular applications available on Facebook in 2009 and allows people to run a virtual farm.
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