LA Times reporter Ben Fritz, who is in close proximity of the Activision v. West and Zampella court case happening in Los Angeles today has been furiously tweeting various scoops via his Twitter account. Among the revelations are that Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle has denied Activision's motion to postpone the case for an additional thirty days. The trail will begin as scheduled on May 29.
Another revelation from Fritz is that EA and Activision have decided to settle their differences, meaning that EA will not be a part of the lawsuit going forward.
"Activision and EA have agreed to put this matter behind them," the companies said in a joint statement. Further details about what caused these two companies to settle the matter amicably were not disclosed.
Finally, this LA Times article written by Fritz and reporter Alex Pham detail an alleged operation put together by Activision attorney George Rose called "Operation Icebreaker." According to testimony by Thomas Fenady, Activision's former senior director of information technology, Rose asked him to hack into the work computer of Infinity Ward's Jason West and Vincent Zampella to "dig up dirt" but avoid getting caught. After looking for several third parties to handle the dirty work (several declined citing the questionable legality of such actions), Activision used a diversionary tactic to copy the contents of the duo's work computers. This and other information (like the agreement about royalty payments) was revealed as part of a document dump from the case.
We will have more on this court case as it becomes available. Stay tuned.
Source: LA Times
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