The legal woes for Activision continue. After trading lawsuit announcements with the Jason West-Vince Zampella duo and failing to get the case filed by No Doubt over their Band Hero likenesses dropped, the company has what may be its largest-scale lawsuit to date on its hands, as 38 developers from Modern Warfare 2, comprised of both current employees and recent defectors, have launched a suit seeking between $75 million and $125 million in unpaid bonuses and other related money owed, as well as up to $500 million in punitive damages.
The lawsuit contends that the employees of Infinity Ward, who have received $28 million in bonuses for the game thus far, are due more for sales-based bonuses, first-quarter 2010-due bonuses, lost value on Activision "restricted stock units", money owed for affiliated games, as well as other bonuses related to tech engines and special performance. According to the terms of the suit, the on-time delivery of the game and its subsequent sales success in surpassing the first Modern Warfare game were the two criteria that should have triggered the many bonus payments, but the publisher has withheld payment in order to keep employees tethered to Infinity Ward to commence work on the next game in the Modern Warfare series.
Activision has provided GamePro with official comment on the suit with the following statement:
"Activision believes the action is without merit. Activision retains the discretion to determine the amount and the schedule of bonus payments for MW2 and has acted consistent with its rights and the law at all times. We look forward to getting judicial confirmation that our position is right."
GamePro has also contacted the law firm representing the 38 current and former Infinity Ward employees and will update this story if we hear back.
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