Zynga and EA drop lawsuits

The two gaming companies agree to stop suing each other over accusations of copyright infringement and anticompetitive employment practices.

Zynga and Electronic Arts have agreed to drop their lawsuits against each other, according to a court document filed today.

The two gaming companies had been throwing legal punches since August, when EA accused Zynga of ripping off one of its social games. Zynga countersued EA shortly thereafter, accusing EA ofunfair hiring practices.

Both parties have decided to dismiss their cases with prejudice, according to the document, which means they can't file future lawsuits about the same accusations. The companies are picking up the tabs for their own legal fees.

Zynga confirmed that the suits were resolved but would not comment further: "EA and Zynga have resolved their respective claims and have reached a settlement of their litigation in the Northern District of California."

When asked for comment, EA offered an identical statement.

Update, 3:08 p.m. PT:Added response from EA.

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