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Call of Duty lawsuit getting costly
Posted: 05.01.2011 13:23 by Simon Priest Comments: 3
In a shocking twist it apparently costs money to make money even with a lawsuit against a multi-million dollar company. Activision is playing it 'smart'.

The publisher wants to wear down Jason West and Vince Zampella in their suit by attempting to delay the start of the trial, bleeding them dry.

The duo who formerly ran Infinity Ward before being forcibly dismissed and even ejected from the premises by Activision security are taking the publishing giant to court for unpaid monies and even to try and get ownership of Modern Warfare's IP.

Activision meanwhile has now expanded their own side of things by attempting to drag rival publisher Electronic Arts into the suit, which they claim are behind a lot of this legal grief. The court dates were set for sometime in May but could be pushed back further.

The duo "are paying for this litigation from our own funds" and protest at this sneaky expansion of the case saying it has already exceeded their "combined annual salaries" and hurting their new studio which already employs dozens of new developers.

They close by saying "any delay of the trial in this lawsuit would increase the financial and non-financial burdens and would continue to distract us from running our business and earning a living." Death by a thousand cuts, or in this case lawyer fees.
Source: Kotaku
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Comments

By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 05, 2011
herodotus
The US legal system...gotta love it (if you're not American). There is no way Activision intend to even settle with this case. It's personal, and they have a point to prove. I'm sorry to say that Zampelli and West need to pack up their hurt egos and get while the going's good.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 05, 2011
SirRoderick
It's not much better here to be honest. (Belgium)
I just read in the papers a certain woman has been sentenced to 30 years, It looked familiar. Then I realised I'd seen the actual case about 2 years ago! It took that long to get to a freakin conviction.
By Illusive_Serb (SI Veteran Member) on Jan 08, 2011
Illusive_Serb
Yea, the survival of the fittest. Or in this case, bigger company with deeper pockets... I agree with herodotus, as much as I would fight if I was in their place, my advice is, just let it be. Fighting the stronger than you ends bad. Very bad. Sometimes it's an epic win, but... Very bad, indeed...