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  • Jury Awards Half a Billion Dollars to ZeniMax in Lawsuit Against Oculus

    Earlier today in Dallas, a jury awarded half a billion dollars to ZeniMax after finding out that Oculus co-founder, Palmer Luckey, failed to adhere to a non-disclosure agreement he had signed. This amount includes $50 million that Luckey himself has to pay to ZeniMax plus another $150 million from the other Oculus co-founder, Brendan Iribe.

    The main point of this case came back as a bit of a win for Oculus. ZeniMax had claimed that that Oculus stole trade secrets from ZeniMax, which the jury did not find in ZeniMax's favor.

    Of the $500 million payout, Oculus will pay $200 million for breaking an NDA and $50 million for copyright infringement. Oculus and Luckey will also have to pay $50 million each for false designation. Iribe will have to pay $150 million, also for false designation.

    Polygon received comment from an Oculus spokesperson following the verdict.

    ZeniMax attorney, Anthony Sammi, said that the alleged theft of trade secrets from ZeniMax was equivalent to a heist. ZeniMax was seeking $2 billion in compensation and another $2 billion in punitive damages. Oculus attorney, Beth Wilkinson, said that the lawsuit was birthed by ZeniMax's embarrassment, jealousy, and anger, but not facts.

    This lawsuit began back in May 2014. It also included a lengthy scouring of John Carmack's hard drive for code stolen from ZeniMax and even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg testified in the case.
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