Manuel Noriega: Too Villainous to Win Call of Duty Lawsuit

General Manuel Antonio Noriega on May 20, 1988 in Panama City Photograph by Angel Murillo/AFP via Getty Images

Manuel Noriega has lost his case against the maker of Call of Duty. “Old Pineapple Face,” as his fictionalized character is known in the popular video game, had sought damages from Activision Blizzard, citing legal protections that give people the right to control how their likeness is used in commercial works. The game maker argued for dismissal on so-called anti-Slapp (strategic lawsuit against public participation) measures that prohibit lawsuits intended to squelch the right to free speech, and on Monday the judge agreed.

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