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Upper Deck Responds to Counterfeit Yu-Gi-Oh Card Suit

posted on 2009-01-27 09:58 EST
Distributor claims legal advantage, says counterfeit case is "absurd allegation"

The card distributor Upper Deck has posted a statement about the legal dispute between it and the game maker Konami over the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game. Upper Deck asserts that Konami could not get a restraining order against Upper Deck in California and has an injunction to "honor their contractual commitments" with Upper Deck in Europe.

The statement alleges that Upper Deck's lawsuit in Nevada on December 10 (December 11 in Europe) was filed in response to Konami's "unfair and backstabbing tactics" "to undermine and ultimately take over the Yu-Gi-Oh! business from Upper Deck." The statement also describes Konami's December 11 naming of Upper Deck as one of the defendants in its counterfeit card case as an "absurd allegation with dubious timing" that "simply does not make sense." Upper Deck further claims that it has "spent millions of dollars fighting against Yu-Gi-Oh! counterfeits and even raided Chinese factories itself because Konami refused to do so or, in some cases, simply reacted too late."

While Upper Deck cannot fill orders for Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Champion Packs on February 7, it plans to hold an "Upper Deck Day" that weekend with a special Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament at retailers. Konami is planning to launch its Crimson Crisis booster set through separate sneak peak events at participating retailers between February 28 and March 1.

Source: ICv2


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