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Take-Two sues Chicago Transit Authority over pulled GTA IV ads

Publisher claims that its freedom of speech and contractual rights have been violated

Take-Two has sued the Chicago Transit Authority over pulling advertisements for its game GTA IV without explanation.

The publisher claims that the transit authority and its sales agent, Titan Outdoor LLC, have breached a USD 300,000 (GBP 150,000 pounds) advertising agreement. Removing the adverts only days after they were first put up is, according to Take-Two, a violation of the publisher's freedom of speech and contractual rights.

According to reports the lawsuit seeks a court order that will force the transit authority to run the adverts, such as those which would appear at bus stops and on the sides of busses, as well as pay damages of up to USD 300,000.

According to reports the advertisements were pulled following a story by Fox News in the US that questioned why they were allowed to run following a spate of violent crimes.

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