Settlement possible in Call of Duty trial

A pre-trial hearing in the Activision-Infinity Ward case has been yet again delayed as the parties huddle privately to secure a possible settlement.

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A 9AM hearing this morning in the case of Activision, ex-Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vincent Zampella, and 40 former developers on the Call of Duty franchise was delayed as lawyers for the three sides discussed a possible settlement in the multimillion dollar case.

West previously said that "a settlement could be more than money. I do have an issue, letting them get away with it and doing it to the next guy."

Judge Elihu Berle recessed the case until 1:30 p.m. PST as the parties huddled to discuss options, according to the LA Times. Apparently, after a half-hour meeting amongst the involved sides, Activision's lawyers met on their own for more than an hour. The Times quotes an Activision lawyer telling the counsel for West and Zampella that "we're still talking to our bosses."

Apparently, discussions are still ongoing. A settlement would bring the acrimonious case to a close after almost two years and, according to Activision court documents, more than $2 billion at stake. However, if the trial were to continue, the judge has set an end date of July 2.

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    May 30, 2012 2:45 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Settlement possible in Call of Duty trial.

    A pre-trial hearing in the Activision-Infinity Ward case has been yet again delayed as the parties huddle privately to secure a possible settlement.

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      May 30, 2012 2:58 PM

      Man, everything I've read about this has Activision looking like the skeeviest little bastards ever.

      Fuck Activision.

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        May 30, 2012 3:37 PM

        They didn't look like sheeviing bastards before?

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      May 30, 2012 3:33 PM

      I assume ATVI didn't want their dirty laundry aired in public. Might sway a dev that was being counter offered by another publisher.

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        May 30, 2012 5:50 PM

        Well, didn't want any more dirty laundry aired in public. The Bungie contract was already unsealed last week.

        It's baffling that Activision seems to want to settle only NOW, and not last year, or back in 2010. Something must have changed in the past few months to soften their position on going to trial.

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          May 30, 2012 6:00 PM

          Evidence allowed into the trial, damning PR of activities, etc. They *may* have thought that those two weren't ready for a lengthy legal fight as well.