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‘Theft’ lawsuit heads to federal court

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A lawsuit by Haitian-American civil rights groups against the publisher of “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” has been moved to federal court at the request of the defendant, Rockstar Games.

Suit was filed over a controversial line in the game instructing the hero to “kill the Haitians.” Rockstar has already agreed to remove it from future versions of the game, but the plaintiffs, led by the Haitian-American Coalition of Palm Beach County, are also asking for more than $15,000 in damages.

Other defendants named in the suit include Sony Computer Entertainment and Microsoft, owners of the PlayStation and Xbox consoles on which “Grand Theft Auto” is available, as well as retailers Target, Best Buy and Wal-Mart.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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