Court Says Activision Can Go Ahead With Lawsuit Against EA

by Matthew Kato on Dec 22, 2011 at 11:15 AM

A Los Angeles superior court has ruled that Activision Blizzard can go ahead in its lawsuit against rival Electronic Arts relating to the departure of Jason West and Vince Zampella's from Activision-owned developer Infinity Ward.

Judge Elihu Berle ruled against an Electronic Arts' motion and a similar one filed by West and Zampella, saying that the jury trial against West and Zampella (and involving EA) can go forward on May 7, 2012. Activision claims that EA interfered with its employment contract with West and Zampella and "aided and abetted" the pair in what the company says is the "breach of [their] fiduciary duties."

West and Zampella were fired from Activision and its internal studio Infinity Ward (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2) in 2010, with Activision citing breaches of contract and insubordination. The pair are, in turn, also suing Activision for withholding royalties among other things.