Judge rules in favour of Hasbro in Game of Life lawsuit
The Hasbro board game 'The Game of Life' rests on a shelf in a toy store in North Attleboro, Mass. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (AP / Steven Senne)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, January 29, 2019 10:38AM EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- It appears Hasbro is the true winner of The Game of Life.
The Providence Journal reports a Los Angeles federal judge ruled in favour of the Rhode Island-based toy company Friday in a lawsuit over who owns the rights to the popular board game.
The widow of toy inventor Bill Markham claimed in the lawsuit her husband was denied his legacy of creating the game, and Reuben Klamer took full credit.
She says her husband was also cut out of more than $2 million in royalties.
Both Hasbro and Klamer argued Markham was hired by Klamer to create a prototype for the game.
The judge said in his ruling that the creation of the game was a collective effort, and the copyright belonged to the hirer and not the worker.