California Court: Activision Case Against EA-West-Zampella Goes Forward

December 22, 2011 -

A California Superior Court judge has told EA that it must defend itself in the $400 million contract-interference suit brought by Activision over Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella.

The court agreed with Activision that there was enough evidence to move forward on the case. Activision alleged that the Battlefield publisher had illegally attempted to lure away Call of Duty creators West and Zampella. Judge Elihu Berle said that a sufficient amount of evidence had been provided by Activision. Enough at least so that a jury should decide whether EA broke the law by talking to West and Zampella while they were still under contract.

"We're pleased with the ruling and look forward to proving our case at trial," Activision lawyer Steven Marenberg told Bloomberg.

EA was added to Activision's complaint late last year, which expanded a legal battle with West and Zampella that was filed in March 2010, when the former Infinity Ward bosses sued the company for alleged unfair dismissal. The pair claimed their contracts were terminated just a few weeks before substantial Modern Warfare 2 royalty payments were due to be made.

Activision counter-sued the duo, arguing that they had been secretly talking to EA about a deal through a high profile Hollywood talent agency that specialized in the video game industry. The pair formed studio Respawn Entertainment and agreed to a publishing deal with EA.

Some 38 current and former Infinity Ward employees also sued Activision last year over alleged unpaid bonuses and royalties for Modern Warfare 2. That complaint has been consolidated with West and Zampella's case against Activision.

Source: C&VG


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Re: California Court: Activision Case Against ...

It's California aka the Socialist Republic.

Anything from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to most District Liberal Court decisions get over turned.

 

Re: California Court: Activision Case Against ...

What can they sue EA for?  EA wasn't under any contract with Activision, right?

Re: California Court: Activision Case Against ...

"Unfair Competition".  Note the quotes

 
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