Your civil rights weren’t violated when you were muted out of a video game, U.S. court tells angry player
Amro Elansari claimed his free speech rights were breached.
The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit should de-activate the latest lawsuit filed by serial litigator Amro Elansari of Exton.
This time around, Elansari claimed in his largely handwritten lawsuit that Jagex Inc., based in the United Kingdom, and several Chinese firms violated his rights to free speech and due process of law when he was muted out of an unnamed streaming game in March 2019.
Elansari claimed he had 2,000 hours “invested” in the game when he was booted out. Jagex denied his appeal of the muting without telling him why, he contended. As far as damages, he sought “whatever the jury sees fit,” plus de-muting so he could get back into the online action.
U.S. Eastern District Judge Mark A. Kearney allowed Ansari to pursue the case as a pauper, then promptly dismissed the suit on grounds that Elansari hadn’t made any real constitutional claims. That’s when Elansari appealed to the circuit court.
Like Kearney, the circuit judges didn’t buy Elansari’s claim that he had been subjected to illegal “unequal treatment…compared to all other players who are not muted.” Nothing that happened to Elansari in the Jagex dispute equated to a violation of federal anti-discrimination laws, the circuit court found.
This is the second time in two months that the circuit judges have deep-sixed a lawsuit filed by Elansari. In November, they refused to reinstate a case he lodged claiming he was scammed by the Tinder dating app.
In 2016, the state Superior Court denied an appeal Elansari filed after he was arrested by Bloomsburg University police for lighting up a marijuana joint in front of several campus cops. Elansari, who was convicted of possessing a small amount of marijuana and fined $100, claimed he was challenging the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s drug laws.
Four years later, state officials are leaning toward legalizing such recreational use of marijuana.
Court records show Elansari has filed 10 lawsuits in U.S. Eastern District Court in last year and a half. He lodged four of them, including the Jagex suit, in July 2019 alone.