Lawsuit against founder of Facebook's Oculus can proceed, judge says
Jan 21 2016
A California U.S District Court has ruled that Oculus founder and Rift VR headset inventor Luckey Palmer must face a lawsuit filed by a former employer. Instead, it appears as though a lawsuit against him for an alleged breach of contract will be allowed to proceed, according to a ruling made today by a judge, Reuters reports. But it wasn't a clean-cut victory for Total Recall Technologies; Judge Alsup also dismissed several claims including fraud. Luckey signed a confidentiality agreement with the company. According to the claims, he was in charge of designing an early head-mounted display, but there are chances that anything he would've learned with Total Recall Technologies would not apply to the Oculus Rift model, which is being sold for US$599. However, the company is now making allegations that Luckey has used this feedback and confidential information in order to help launch his Kickstarter campaign for the Oculus Rift project.
Facebook is all over digital social life, but ever since it acquired Oculus VR for $2 billion, it has been getting ready for the future of virtual reality, which may impact developers, businesses and consumers alike. Shortly after the acquisition in June 2014, Zenimax, the publisher parent company of the famous Fallout 4-maker Bethesda, accused a former employee, John Carmack, of stealing trade secrets and using them to serve his role as the chief technology officer at Oculus VR.
The case will go to trial this year as a breach of contract claim.