The Jimquisition: When Jim Sterling Was Sued For $10 Million By Digital Homicide

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I am the videogame critic they tried to sue for $10 million.

I’ve kept relatively quiet for almost a year while a spurious and disgusting libel lawsuit was spuriously filed in an attempt to disrupt my life.

Now I get to talk.

Seed of Bismuth
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Seed of Bismuth

Thank God for Jim Fucking Sterling Son

Za_Docta
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Za_Docta

Also, I’m interested, is falsely accusing someone of conspiracy and harassment within the body of a lawsuit grounds for libel? Like Mk. III on its own would that have been enough to counter-sue if you’d gone for that?

K-mobile
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K-mobile

Jim would have had to prove that he was financially, emotionally or physically hurt as a result of the content of the suit.

Za_Docta
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Za_Docta

“His strongest arguments were made of fiberglass.”
On a minor note, Jim, you do know that fiberglass is actually really strong, yes?

Wolfie
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Wolfie

How’s this as a correction?

“His strongest arguments were made of sugar glass.”

Chris
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Chris

I was wondering about that since the arrows I used in high school archery were fibre glass..
Personally, I would have gone with balsa wood.

Daniel Pehush
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Daniel Pehush

God Bless Jim Sterling

Appretaur
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Appretaur

Hey Jim, care to tell us how the correspondence between you and your lawyer was going right after the whole Valve-destroying-DigiHom thing took place outside of the scope of your own lawsuit? I’m curious to hear what your legitimate lawyer’s response/opinion to that must have been. 🙂

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

Probably it was something like:

Lawyer: It’s very unlikely that those events will have any impact on our case. Only a fool with a severe complex of persecution would try to link you with it.

* DH accuses Jim of civil conspiracy *

Jim: Go get them, Tiger!
Lawyer: >:)

Charlie Koszulinski
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Charlie Koszulinski

I’d imagine they both high-fived and said “In the bag!” simultaneously.

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

Good thing that this didn’t reach court. Although they would had surely lost, and it would had served as a precedent that could be used to defend other reviewers (in case someone more competent tried to sue them). Imagine the attorney effectively calling in court the precedent “Romine v. Staton” as part of the defense.

Mr. Q
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Mr. Q
Christ, I dunno how the hell anyone, be it Jim Sterling or the judge or the lawyers or any sane person involved in this shit show, could muster the patience to deal with these two intellectually disabled cocksuckers. If the judge stepped down from the bench, grabbed the bailiff’s night club, and bash those two over the head repeatedly, I would not hold it against him one bit. People like Digital Homicide need to be exterminated from the face of the Earth. Just the most selfish, willfully ignorant, morally bankrupt pack of jack-offs who know nothing about the real world… Read more »
Justin Graham
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Justin Graham

This is why having a good lawyer for insane situations like this is a must. Any lawyer worth their credentials should have the patience and the knowledge to run circles around lawsuits that are this grossly disruptive and incompetent.

BiG_bEn523
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BiG_bEn523

Hey Jim. You got an address where I can send you a “get well soon” gift? You have become one of the most premiere vanguards when it comes to the gaming industry. After seeing this whole thing unfold, it amazes me just how far people will go to try and pry off any responibility for themselves in order to change the narrative. In any case, keep up the great show, and hope your back feels better.

Amer1ka
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Amer1ka

Jim, despite you looking and sounding obviously frustrated that you had to put up with a person as terrible as Romine, this has to feel good now that you’ve gotten to talk about it and can put it all behind you. Hopefully you can now sit back and not worry as much, focus on what you love to do and move forward and be happy and healthy!

Claptrap
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Claptrap

After watching, even I feel relieved and I have nothing to do with it. Good video.

dyscode
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dyscode

Did somebody already came up with comparisons betwenn DH and patent Troll Tim “EDGE” Langdell and how he lost it all, too?

Weasel Biggs
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Weasel Biggs

Langdell was a patent troll, he didn’t exactly besmirch gaming itself by releasing travesties for iOS.

DigiHom fancied themselves developers, Langdell figured he could literally “live off the Edge(TM)” by negotiating a slurry of costly settlements.

Aaron Cole
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Aaron Cole

And let’s not forget who ultimately destroyed Tim Langdell: EA. They knew exactly what he was and instead of just settling they had the funds to be able to call his bluff in court. It’s probably one of the best things EA ever did from a business standpoint.

I figure Nintendo will eventually get Langdell’ed with the abuse of copyright, it’s just a question of which massive corporation they will piss off enough.

MJC
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MJC

Nintendo isn’t pissing off massive corporations… Nintendo IS the massive corporation.

El Gonzo
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El Gonzo
I wonder (and i apologize if it has mentioned in one of the earlier comments already), why Jim did not try to recoup the attorney fees. I am not an American, neither do i know American federal and MS state law to really have an idea about whether exceptions to the “American rule” could be applicable to this case. What would be reasons for not trying to recover your own attorney fees when being targeted by a frivolous lawsuit? The way i see it, Romine having no immediate funds should not really factor into forfeiting the chance of recouping some… Read more »
George
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George

If you check out the Youtube channel he pined a comment thread where he gives a response to that very question.

El Gonzo
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El Gonzo

Thanks! I normally do not read YT comments. But i will make an exception to this rule of mine… 🙂

George
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George

You’re welcome. 🙂

PIERS
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A few reasons:

1) It would’ve cost more time, money, and energy. Which he felt wasn’t worth it.
2) If the Romines couldn’t afford their own lawyer, there’s no way they could afford a counter lawsuit.
3) He just wanted the whole thing done and over with.

El Gonzo
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El Gonzo
Yeah, i suspected costs being the reason. Well, i am glad that where i live (Germany), things are handled a bit differently… Some years back, a former landlord of mine tried to avoid paying back the security deposit when i moved out of his apartment. After the time period for him to transfer the money back to me passed and after a few further weeks of increasingly bizarre mail exchanges (me requesting the money, he coming up with different, sometimes incompatible stories of how i made it unable for him to transfer the money or how he already gave me… Read more »
George
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George

Canada does a similar thing. In a civil case if the court finds in favour of the defendant the plaintiff can be made to reimburse part or almost all the defendants costs, it’s up to the judge.

Michael 'Meatasaurus' Daisley
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Michael 'Meatasaurus' Daisley

Jim kinda covered this himself when he asked what the fuck the Romines even have to take. Since Jim wasn’t interested in going to the depths of rendering the Romines literally bankrupt out of sheer angry spite, there’s no point demanding anything at all. The Romines are fucking losers who couldn’t even afford a lawyer for their grand parade of brainless fuckwittery, Jim would see practically no money before the Romines were forced to declare bankruptcy to wipe their slate clean…..the only result is the spiteful revenge of having burnt down their lives to the bedrock, and zero money.

El Gonzo
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El Gonzo

I don’t care about the Romines. If i would be in a situation where i were targeted by a frivolous lawsuit, i would be concerned of my own costs. I would not be concerned about who or what the instigators of that frivolous lawsuit are or would become. More precisely, i would only be as much concerned as it would be necessary to defend against such lawsuit.

Charlie Koszulinski
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Charlie Koszulinski

I think Jim wanted to be the better man and not take everything Digital Homicide had left (which was probably nothing). Throughout this whole ordeal, Jim has always been the better man in refusing to retaliate to their name calling and stooping to their level.

The way I see it, he had his reputation to uphold, as well as the video game journalist community. By winning this case he may have created some leverage in favor of fair use.

El Gonzo
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El Gonzo
My question was very specifically about recovering costs/attorney fees. I never asked a question about why Jim would or would not want to continue going after the Romines. Your comment seems to address the latter – a question i never raised… 😉 However, there is no real need to speculate about this, as Jim made it rather clear in a comment on his YT channel (thanks to George for pointing me at it). Let me quote: “The cost in doing so would be throwing good money after bad. I could no more get my legal fees back from Romine than… Read more »
Jason Dyer
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Jason Dyer

I think what Jim was getting at is even if the court awarded him damages, Romine probably *wouldn’t have the money to pay*. So the end result would be Jim (through his lawyer) having to spend *more* effort trying to squeeze blood from a stone, and probably never getting the money anyways.

El Gonzo
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El Gonzo

Yeah, Jim said so himself in one of his comments on his YT channel. The American system is a bit… um… unfortunate…

MJC
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MJC

If Romine didn’t have the funds to pay for an attorney of his own, he doesn’t have the funds to pay for Jim’s costs either. So there’s literally no reason for Jim to spend more of his own time and money trying to get money that Romine does not have.

Daniel Jensen
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Daniel Jensen

As has been said it would be akin to trying to loot a hobo’s coin jar. Even if that hobo deserves everything coming to him, it’s just not worth the effort trying to pry that jar out of his hands.

Jerome Handy
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Jerome Handy
And this story just keeps getting stranger. Now, before I go further, I need to set the scene a bit. It’s 3:38am here in New Jersey when I hopped up to post this. I’ve just gotten done with a five hour stretch of Horizon; Zero Dawn, and was a good shower away from some bed rest. Bleary eyed, a full day of fun and relaxation behind me(hey, I’m on vacay this week 🙂 ) I put on Jim’s latest video, to lull my sleepy mind into some sad but still incredibly funny commentary……and there it is. 4:48 into the video,… Read more »
Gorantharon
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Gorantharon

It’s an $800,000 error btw.

Lloyd
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Lloyd

Demonstrating themselves to be equally incompetent at game design, public relations, legal matters, and even basic math skills.

Chip
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Chip

Well, it’s not Jim dancing to Erasure for three hours, but I’ll take it.

Chris Skuller
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Chris Skuller

Is it wrong to hope Digital Homicide tries another copyright strike on Jim so he can get sued into oblivion?

diamond
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diamond

Trading Cards

PIERS
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They don’t make money on Steam at all anymore. Steam removed their entire library from the platform.

MJC
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MJC

Yes, it’s wrong, because that just means more time and money taken away from Jim, and more stress for Jim, when he could be doing literally anything more productive with his time.

Chris Skuller
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Chris Skuller

I know. I don’t really want to burden Jim anymore.

Daniel Jensen
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Daniel Jensen

They got a lot of money from Trading Card Mill games: games that can be sold for pennies or even handed out for free, while you make cash from the Market transactions. People are willing to spend money on trash if it means they can ‘level up’ as cheaply as possible.

That and most people won’t bother trying to refund that kind of money anyway.

Jochem Sev
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Jochem Sev

God Bless Jim’s Lawyers!

Appretaur
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Appretaur

So Jim announced at the end of the video that he still considers Konami the worst company in games. I think he missed an opportunity to mistakenly present this award to Digital Homicide at first, before Chip frantically rushes up to him with a separate envelope revealing that he actually gives this award to Konami…

MM
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MM

hahahahaha nice reference… Well, he could go back now and have Chip hand him the award for DH next week. : )

DJ OakeyDoakey
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DJ OakeyDoakey

“Yo, Jim, I’m really happy for you, I’ma let you finish, but Konami are one of the worst game developers of all time! One of the worst game developers of all time!” – Chip

Charlie Koszulinski
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Charlie Koszulinski

Oh, I’m afraid to even think about what would happen if Chip interrupted Jim. Assuming Chip’s still alive, that is.

Kimarous
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Kimarous

I think it’s more of a backhanded insult to not even consider Digital Homicide at all, neither considering it a “company” or a “developer.” It was effectively one man’s crusade to defend miscellaneous assets he slapped together and claimed as his own. Konami once had glory, but fell so hard it left a massive crater; Digital Homicide, by comparison, would be a petulant baby throwing a Temper Tantrum.

MJC
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MJC

It would have to be the other way around: Chip mistakenly awards DigiHom before Jim comes in and corrects it. After all, it’s always Chip’s fault.

It would also work if Jim awarded Konami, and then Chip tried to correct to DigiHom, but then Jim revealed he breathes through his skin which makes Chip ashamed of his words and deeds.

MM
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MM

“Attempt to disrupt my life”
Yes, it’s typical childish behavior. Butthurt by words they have little command of and, in fact, barely understand (after a while anything will be interpreted as an attack); their only alternative is trying something physical. Pitiful indeed.

Shui Gor
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Shui Gor

Got anyone writing the screenplay yet for your up-and-coming documentary about all this, Jim?

Canneddirt
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Canneddirt

mic drop. Beautiful. Glad this is over Jim. Go on and create you glorious unicorn!

Buscava
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Buscava

Congrats Jim! Your best work, i’d say.

Thom
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Thom

honest question since I haven’t seen it talked about elsewhere, but is Digital Homicide just Romine or does he have a team pumping this stuff out?

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

Just the two of them I believe with James doing the coding and Robert doing the business side of things.

Appretaur
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Appretaur

I thought it was the other way around this whole time.

Naz
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Naz

Guess it makes more sense the one ‘creating’ the ‘content’ is the one to have a stick up his arse. He seemed to take pride in his work… somehow. o_o

Chris
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Chris

What worries me about all this is the fact Robert at least is married with children… which means there must be another adult who is with in ear shot of the two brothers insanity. Presumably they also have friends, right? Why was there no one in their real lives anywhere telling them what they are doing is idiotic? Or at the very least massaging the truth and saying “even though you’re right, you can’t win the case and should drop it”

mbrandse
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mbrandse
It’s very likely they simply surrounded themselves with people sharing their point of view; including the partner they married to. Birds of a feather flock together after all. The view that any work is above criticism and that criticism is bad, an attack on their persona, harassment, or whatever is more common than you would think. They honestly seem to believe that crap, which leads to them thinking they have a case when they actually go ahead and sue people. And then, when they do lose, they will (very) likely blame the system for being crooked rather than themselves for… Read more »
Daniel Jensen
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Daniel Jensen

You’re assuming anyone with common sense wanted anything to do with them, and vice versa. Chances are they surrounded themselves with people who would only agree with them, if even that.

RedWolf
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RedWolf

I’m glad this shitshow is over. Congratulations for staying strong this
whole time, Jim, you showed that fucker what-for.
I’ll have a drink on your behalf tonight. To justice being served, and
to a mindless, delusional, quite possibly autistic (in the actual sense
of the term, not in the way Tumblrfags like to use it as a replacement
for ‘stupid’) madman being put in his place.

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow

Ugh. Slight tangent but I hate it when people use that word the way you described. Just because people aren’t allowed to say “retarded” doesn’t give them the right to replace it with another real life mental disorder.

RedWolf
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RedWolf

You and me both, friend.

Film Runner
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Nothing this man has ever done makes it seem like he’s autistic.

RedWolf
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RedWolf

Who’s demeanig autistics?
I’m autistic, and I can see a lot of similarities between Romine’s behaviour and more extreme forms of autism. If you disagree, that’s fine.

Appretaur
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Appretaur

You know, when you think about it, Jim is owed some gratitude for being the one to unwittingly step into DigiHom’s crosshairs and become their focal point for these two-plus years. Because if Jim hadn’t, whoever else that might have been unlucky enough to become the first person to have eloquently talked smack about The Slaughtering Grounds could have been the one to face all of this nightmare instead, and they might not have been anywhere near as well-equipped to deal with it as Jim was.

Daniel Jensen
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Daniel Jensen

Considering the number of other people the Romines have attempted to threaten while the case was going on, such as the time they claimed a hacker was impersonating them and they were going to sue anyone talking about it (instead of, you know, the impersonator)… I’d say a LOT of people would have been affected.