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Judge rules against Mt. Lebanon man in online gaming case

| Friday, April 1, 2011

A federal judge ruled Thursday that a Mt. Lebanon man violated an online game company's intellectual property rights and ordered him to pay $300,000 in damages.

Evony LLC of New York City sued Philip J. Holland, 23, and Xandium Studios for running a bootleg copy of its multiplayer, online game Evony on his own site as "Evony Second Opinion," as well as selling add-ons that allow players to circumvent the game's rules and requirements.

Holland never filed a response to Evony's claims and showed up at the last hearing in the case without a lawyer. U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry ruled that Holland's lack of a defense is an acknowledgment that Evony's claims are true.

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