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In 2019, The Pokémon Company International filed a lawsuit against two individuals who leaked images of Pokémon Sword and Shield from an unreleased strategy guide prior to the new games' official release.

It seems justice has finally been served - with both defendants ordered to pay The Pokémon Company $150,000 USD each for damages and attorneys' fees. It turns out the defendants worked for a company that had been hired to print the strategy guide. They took the pictures on the job and then distributed them online via Discord.

At the time, The Pokémon Company's legal representation said it caused "irreparable injury" to the brand and undermined the carefully cultivated excitement and interest in the new games. The leak itself revealed Gigantamax forms, evolutions and more.

You can read the full court documents here.

[source polygon.com]