Digital Homicide’s Business Destroyed, Lawsuit Against Steam Users Ends


The lawsuit by James Romine against 100 unknown Steam users has come to an end. A few days ago, Romine filed a motion for extension of time or dismissal without prejudice, effectively asking the court to either grant him more time or to kill the case until a future date. The reason, as stated in the documents, is as such:

“Upon filing this case, per advice of the local sheriff who could not help me or my business with a massive ARS-13-2921 criminal harassment problem on an Internet Store front and via email, the Plaintiffs business was destroyed completely financially disabling The Plaintiff, destroying usability of all current work effort, and untold other damages.”

If you haven’t been keeping track, Valve responded to a submitted subpoena by terminating their business agreement with Digital Homicide, citing hostility toward customers as a primary reason. As a result, Digital Homicide lost access to a platform that holds at least 70% of the PC gaming community. As such, according to documents filed with the clerk on 9/27, Romine is unable to afford the cost of serving the defendants in said Steam case. Romine had initially asked for either a 90 day suspension or a refund of filing fees and a dismissal without prejudice, which would allow the case to be pursued at a later date.

The court, under the Honorable Stephen M. McNamee, has approved decision #2 and dismissed the case without prejudice. As of September 30th, the case has been terminated. MMO Fallout will update should the case be renewed in the future.

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12 Responses to “Digital Homicide’s Business Destroyed, Lawsuit Against Steam Users Ends”

  1. DarkTower says:

    It seems they really need a lawyer, or to spend that 2000+ hours on better study. I suspect that the sheriff couldn’t file the ars-13-2921 as that is a charge pertaining to aggravated harassment which requires one of tow things two exist before that kind of charge can be made, either that a valid injunction against such behavior or a protective order be in effect, of which barring unreported legal action doesn’t seem to exist. The other condition of which an ars-13-3601 can be sought is if the party causing the harassment has been convicted under ars-13-1203 which are assault charges. Barring that no parties have been convicted of assault charges in the case, the charge of assault in this instance requires have physical harm be done, touching with intent to cause harm occur, both of which are hard to do over the internet, or that they put the victim in imminent fear of injury. Death threat while vile do not typically count under US law due to the first amendment, the threat has to immediate in the temporal sense, being that the act is very shortly with limited delay to occur.

    The ars just means its Arizona state law if anyone was wondering.

  2. Jim Romine says:

    You know… in order to get a valid injunction/protective order you have to have an address and name to stick on it right?
    What do you think I was doing.
    There was a very high possibility of me dropping the case after identities were found for the protective order/injunction.
    I did fine on the study, you just missed a critical fact in yours.

    • TakaStream111 says:

      Ok…I guess requesting a subpeona on Valve, have them find out about the lawsuit in which resulted in having your games removed, and destroying your own business was all part of your plan? Is that what you wanted to do?

    • Murphy says:

      So let me get this straight. You filed a frivolous lawsuit for millions of dollars, just so you could get a list of names and addresses to file a protective order? Saying that you were likely to drop the case once the subpoena was fulfilled just seems to show that you knew that the lawsuit itself was doomed to fail and either wanted to grab headlines or intimidate others from further criticizing you or your company. Looks like Valve called your bluff in that regard, eh?

    • Daniel Jensen says:

      Hang on a second. Not only are you trying to push some “we weren’t gonna sue them, we just wanted them to stop” narrative, but you’re actually chastising people for not thinking up that scenario in the first place? Right, and I suppose that’s why you left little threatening messages saying “by the way, you can call me up any time to reach a settlement”.

      Get a lawyer, because you two have once again proved that despite the alleged thousands of hours you’ve spent studying, you have no clue how the law works. At BEST you’ve basically admitted to filing frivolous lawsuit.

    • Jim Romine says:

      There was no ‘we’. I was the only one suing. Over 100 false statements are not ‘frivolous’ unless you think free speech somehow covers false statements in which case you need to go do some reading.
      It’s amazing… it really is.

      The idiot i said could call me for a settlement is still spreading rumors about me supposedly hiring Russian hackers now too. The bullshit never ends. Go ahead and protect him with your blather. It’s obvious you don’t care about the truth just like the game media spreading false shit. After a protective injunction I could have dropped the case *which is perfectly legal to do* if I wanted to which was truthfully all I was after unless I found competitors beyond the four I already knew about.
      You *have* to list all charges when you initially file or you cannot pursue them later unless its a new event *so* I had to legally put the other info in the case for if I found some larger competitors in there that were actually worth stringing up. Probably should study some more instead of opening your mouth and inserting your foot.

      I’m not sure what world you live in but you can sue for false statements and its not frivolous. If I came to your job and told everyone there a bunch of false information and you started getting harassed because of it – you could sue too.

      @Murphy – That’s what the sheriff said I needed to do since they couldn’t help (which was bogus) It’s not criticism when there’s false statements. And It’s harassment when you ask people to stop dozens of times in fact you only have to ask once.

      Shutting off notifications have fun.

      • Daniel Jensen says:

        Yeah, except for all this:

        You’re right about one thing, though: the bullshit never ends.

      • Murphy says:

        There had to be a better way to proceed than filing that lawsuit. Suing Sterling, whether you were right or wrong, had already taken a severe toll on your credibility as he is a semi-popular critic. The second lawsuit destroyed whatever semblance of good will and credibility you may have had left and made you out to be a bully threatening customers. Whether you perceived/intended this or not is irrelevant as that is what actually happened, and that was how the general public viewed it.

        Obviously, you believe you were in the right. In that case, you should have saved up the money and got a proper lawyer. Representing yourself is your right, but again you came across as incompetent as you tried to do so, despite your intentions. There’s a reason lawyers go to school for so long. The legal system is a labyrinth of rules and paperwork and a single misstep can cost you the entire lawsuit, and in this case, it did.

        Lastly, saying that you’re shutting off notifications is a childish way of trying to deflect future comments, and everyone here knows that you’ll be back. We know you’ll read these comments, why else did you respond in the first place? Whether or not you reply to us is, again, irrelevant as we know you’ll have read all this. You care far too much about what other people think about you, that is very obvious, otherwise you would have let this thread die. My advice, let the thread die. You’re not changing anyone’s opinions at this juncture.

      • Joheben07 says:

        Karma it’s a bitch LOL!

  3. Kuroda Nakamura says:

    A month later and nothing new? Whats the status of the case? Are we still waiting on DigiHom to do something?

    • Connor says:

      The case of Romine V John Doe is dismissed. As far as Romine V Stanton, we’re basically waiting for the judge to toss it out.

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