West and Zampella vs. Activision court date scheduled
by Jeff Mattas, shacknews.com, Sep 13, 2011 4:00PM PDT
A court date for Jason West and Vincent Zampella's claim against publisher Activision back in 2010 has finally been set. On May 7, 2012, proceedings will begin to determine whether or not Activision owes the Infinity Ward co-founders significant funds resulting from the sales of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. In the suit, West and Zampella allege fraud on Activision's part, and that their former employer owes them somewhere in the neighborhood of $125 million in royalties.
Activision fired the duo back in 2010 (shortly after Modern Warfare 2's release), because it claims West and Zampella were in discussions with rival publisher, Electronic Arts.
Activision then launched a $400 million counter-suit against Zampella, West, and Electronic Arts, claiming that EA had colluded with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) to poach the developers from the Activision-owned studio, Infinity Ward.
"I'm really looking forward to having our day in court," Zampella said of the announcement in a recent interview with Forbes magazine.
West and Zampella have since formed a new studio--Respawn Entertainment--and have already signed a deal to work with Electronic Arts.
Infinity Ward was established in 2002 by Vince Zampella, Jason West, and Grant Collier.
[via The Escapist]