A US superior court judge has turned down EA’s request to throw out Activision’s contract-meddling suit of $400 million which relates to the departure of former Infinity Ward bosses: Jason West and Vince Zampella.
Judge Elihu Berle ruled that Activision had demonstrated enough evidence to uphold its claim and ordered the case move on to trial on May 7th, 2012. A similar motion was put up by West and Zampella but was also turned down.
Activision maintains West and Zampella breached their contracts and duties of loyalty with “insubordinate” actions, adding that the behavior was caused at least in part by EA’s “unlawful tampering”.
West and Zampella have since then formed Respawn Entertainment, teasing its new IP with blurry images, all founded by EA.