Fired Infinity Ward Execs go after Activision
A few days after Activision fired Infinity Ward Executives, Los Angeles-based legal firm, O’Melveny & Myers announced that it has filed suit against Activision on behalf of Jason West & Vince Zampella. The fired Infinity Ward execs are seeking “unpaid royalties” as well as “contractual rights to control Modern Warfare-branded games”.
In a statement released by West & Zamella, they claim that they were fired weeks before they were to be paid substantial royalty payments.
“Activision has refused to honor the terms of its agreements and is intentionally flouting the fundamental public policy of this state [California] that employers must pay their employees what they have rightfully earned,” attorney Robert Schwartz said in a statement. “Instead of thanking, lauding, or just plain paying Jason and Vince for giving Activision the most successful entertainment product ever offered to the public, last month Activision hired lawyers to conduct a pretextual ‘investigation’ into unstated and unsubstantiated charges of ‘insubordination’ and ‘breach of fiduciary duty,’ which then became the grounds for their termination on Monday, March 1.”
Allegations in the suit include, breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of god faith and fair dealing, wrongful termintation in violation of public policy, and declaratory relief.
I dont really know what game Activision is playing with firing West & Zampella, but I do hope they get paid since Activision had massive earnings with Modern Warfare 2.