The days of buying a used game at a $5 discount only to discover you've got to fork out another $10 or $15 to access supposedly "free" downloadable content would seem to be over… in California… for two years. As a result of a class-action lawsuit, GameStops in California (and online) must now warn consumers of online passes and potential costs associated with "free" downloadable content, content that's often only 'free' for purchasers of new copies of games. The law firm Baron & Budd had claimed the retailer was misleading customers and piling up profits, "of more than $2 billion a year on used video games sales without paying any royalties to video game publishers or developers." Baron and Budd counsel in the lawsuit, Mark Pifko, in a press release from Business Wire: "We are pleased that as a result of this lawsuit, we were able to obtain complete restitution for consumers, with actual money paid out to people who were harmed by GameStop's conduct," Mr. Pifko said. "The in-store and online warnings are an important benefit under the settlement as well, because if GameStop discloses the truth to consumers, it is unlikely that they will be able to continue selling used copies of certain games for only $5 less than the price of a new copy. In fact," he continued, "we already know that not long after the lawsuit was filed, GameStop lowered prices for used copies of many of the game titles identified in the lawsuit." Affected consumers may be able to get some money back. Additionally, as part of the settlement, consumers will have the opportunity to recover the additional $15 they would have been required to pay to access the downloadable content. Consumers who purchased qualifying used games and who are enrolled in GameStop’s “PowerUp Rewards” customer loyalty program can receive a $10 check and a $5 coupon. Consumers who purchased a qualifying game, but are not members of GameStop’s loyalty program, can receive a $5 check and a $10 coupon. Thanks to Kotaku.