There have been quite a number of lawsuits filed against Epic Games these past few months. However, in an "unexpected twist," someone actually tried to stop the lawsuits by sending a suspicious email.
The law firm representing the people who filed cases against the Fortnite developer claims that an impersonator sent an email to the United States Copyright Office in an attempt to get rid of the lawsuits.
The Fake Email
According to Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht, the impersonator sent an email under the name of attorney David Hecht, the lead attorney for some of the lawsuits filed against Epic Games. The email, which was published online, had a fake email address and even indicated Hecht's full name.
The lawyer was alerted of the fraudulent attempt over the holiday weekend after the Copyright Office received the suspicious email.
In it, the impersonator asked the office to reject all the cases filed against Epic Games, saying that the lawsuits contain false information and that what the fake attorney and his clients have been doing to the gaming companies are all unfounded.
"What my clients and I have done towards certain gaming companies were very wreckless [sic] and baseless," Hecht's poser said in the email.
The real Hecht clarified that their lawsuits are not "wreckless" and"baseless," as was written in the aforementioned email. The lawyer reiterated that Epic games "shamelessly copied" his clients' dance moves and never asked for permission before doing so.
Epic Games Dance Lawsuits
As of writing, Epic Games is facing lawsuits for allegedly copying some dance moves and incorporating them in Fortnite as emotes.
So far, the celebrities and artists who filed cases included Russell "Backpack Kid" Horning, 2 Milly, Alfonso Ribeiro, Orange Shirt Kid, and BlocBoy JB. All of them are represented by the same law firm, Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht.