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John Carmack Sues ZeniMax for $22.5 Million

Accepted submission by takyon at 2017-03-10 19:39:57
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A month after Oculus was ordered [soylentnews.org] to pay ZeniMax Media [wikipedia.org] $500 million for infringement and trade secrets claims, John Carmack is suing ZeniMax for $22.5 million for an alleged breach of contract [theverge.com]:

Now Oculus CTO and former ZeniMax employee John Carmack has added a personal lawsuit to the mix. He's suing ZeniMax for $22.5 million [dallasnews.com], which he claims is the last outstanding payment from his sale of id Software in 2009, which ZeniMax purchased for $150 million.

Carmack's share of that sale was $45 million. He converted half of it into ZeniMax shares in 2011, but says he hasn't received the rest of it despite asking nicely. The lawsuit is a little spicy, stating, "Sour grapes is not an affirmative defense to breach of contract."

Carmack claims that ZeniMax won't pay him because of its lawsuit against Oculus, which alleges Carmack broke his employment agreement. But since the verdict in the ZeniMax / Oculus case wasn't against Carmack, Carmack claims he should still get paid.

John Carmack vs. ZeniMax Media [scribd.com].

Also at Ars Technica [arstechnica.com] and TechCrunch [techcrunch.com].


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