Activision Blizzard will acquire approximately 429 million shares and certain tax attributes from Vivendi in exchange for $5.8 billion in cash, approximately $13.60 a share before taking into account benefit to the company of these tax attributes.
Activision Blizzard, Inc. ( ATVI), the creators of the popularCall of Duty® franchise, today filed a response to Manuel Noriega’s opposition in the frivolous lawsuit brought by the former dictator and convicted murderer. Rudy Giuliani, former New York City Mayor and named partner of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, will argue as co-counsel beside Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, at the October 16 hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court in support of Activision Blizzard’s motion. Activision Blizzard is moving to strike Noriega’s lawsuit on the grounds that the minor inclusion of a Noriega character in Call of Duty®: Black Ops II is protected free speech.
“Manuel Noriega had no more than an inconsequential appearance in Call of Duty and isn’t entitled to anything for his role as a brutal dictator,” said Rudy Giuliani. “If successful, this case would obliterate the entire genre of historical fiction. I couldn’t be more excited at the prospect of being back in court to defend the makers of Call of Duty against this convicted murderer who wants to make a mockery of the U.S. legal system and attack our right to free speech.”