On Friday February 9, 2013 Judge Charles Palmer dismissed a case involving former Guns n Roses Front man Axl Rose and the maker's of the video game Guitar Hero III. The two have been locked in a battle for more than three years. The lawsuit was first filed by Rose after what claims was fraud and breach of contract.
The former front man and game makers Activision struck a deal to involve the GNR song "Welcome to the Jungle" in its 2007 release of Guitar Hero III. Axl agreed to the deal under the agreement that the game would have no likeness of Slash or any of the other members from the former GNR lineup.
The case was dismissed by Judge Charles Palmer after he stated the length of time from the games release to the date Axl filed the suit was "Too long." Axl Rose filed his lawsuit against Activision in 2010 more than three years after its release. Moreover Judge Palmer stated the terms based on oral agreements for which neither Rose nor his legal counsel could provide any evidence of were not under a two year statute of limitations.
When asked why he waited to file his lawsuit Axl had this to say, "The reason I did not file a lawsuit is because Activision — through my managers and representatives — offered me a separate video game and other business proposals worth millions of dollars to resolve and settle my claims relating to 'GHIII."
Guitar Hero II was quickly adopted by millions of gamers and fans, resulting in over $1 billion in reported sales. Rose and his lawyer Geoffrey Neri were seeking $20 million from the lawsuit.