Chris Avellone Files Libel Suit

Game writer Chris Avellone has filed a libel lawsuit over sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced against him one year ago (thanks D.M. Schmeyer via Gamasutra). Just yesterday we mentioned a few posts by Chris addressing the situation, and clearly these were related to the lawsuit. The defendants are listed as Karissa Barrows, Kelly Bristol, and 100 Jane Does, and the complaint includes a demand for jury trial. Part of it alleges conspiratorial behavior:
Avellone is informed and believes, and based thereon alleges, that at all times herein mentioned, each unnamed Defendant was the agent of the other named Defendant(s) herein, and at all times were and are acting within the purpose and scope of such agency, and with the permission and consent of his/her/its named co-Defendant(s) with knowledge, authorization, permission, consent, and/or subsequent ratification and approval of each co-Defendant. Avellone is further informed and believes, and based thereon alleges, that each named and unnamed Defendant knowingly and willfully conspired and agreed among themselves to deprive Avellone of his rights and to cause the damages described herein.
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Orogogus wrote on Jul 2, 2021, 05:41:
MrDevinoch wrote on Jul 2, 2021, 04:14:
Orogogus wrote on Jul 1, 2021, 19:16:
As someone who follows VR, I thought that ZDNet article was garbage (as was Zenimax's case). Carmack and Iribe didn't get fired, despite being under just as much pressure from Zenimax -- Carmack was accused of wiping a hard drive to destroy evidence and stealing code. Iribe was a co-founder alongside Luckey, part of the same decisions with a higher title, and the court decision had him pay more out of pocket.

Then maybe you didn't pay anywhere near as much attention as you think you did:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZeniMax_v._Oculus
https://www.polygon.com/2017/2/1/14474198/oculus-lawsuit-verdict
https://www.vg247.com/2018/12/12/zenimax-facebook-oculus-settlement/

They're all in violation of the NDA, and of copyright infringement. If you think Zenimax's case is garbage, then I'm not sure how you're supporting the $250mil in payouts that came from them, 100 mil of which came from Facebook. Oculus pushed to try and have it dismissed multiple times. It never was. In the end, they settled. I wish I lived in your world where you think losing $100 mil of your employer's money isn't grounds for termination.

I didn't say I supported the payouts; I think Zenimax should have lost. I think they got an expert to lie on the stand about Carmack destroying the data on his hard drive, and about "non-literal" copying of data. They tried to get an injunction to stop Oculus from selling headsets, implying that those sales would hurt sales of a Zenimax VR headset, which they claimed to have spent tens of millions of dollars on in development -- I think that's a load of horseshit coming from a software company that hasn't remotely suggested coming out with any VR headset five years after the supposed IP theft. They said they hated to go to litigation, which I also think is a blatant falsehood.

In the original verdict, $300M came from Facebook; plus $50M from Luckey and $150 from Iribe. All that was cut in half (assumedly in the same ratio?), and then they settled. So if Carmack, Luckey and Iribe were all in violation, how come only one of them got fired? Supposedly the verdict proved that Carmack did some pretty heinous things (again, I don't agree). All three of them were there for the NDA. If anything the original payouts suggested that Iribe was more at fault, and he was the CEO.

Except, of course, if it was "blatant falsehood" and they could prove it in court, it's highly unlikely they would've settled. So now, in addition to everything else in this thread, you're arguing you're a better lawyer than FB had. Which is, let's be honest, extremely unlikely.

Iribe left around the time the settlement was announced. John Carmack is JOHN CARMACK, and is probably worth the hassle, for the technical knowledge in his brain alone. And Palmer Luckey has been making life miserable for Facebook since Occulus was acquired. Is it possible it figured into the termination? Sure. Is it possible Palmer Luckey was just generally an asshole around the office and that figured into the termination? Sure. Is it possible the fact that dozens of studios were refusing to work with Occulus because their founder was someone who said they didn't deserve basic human rights figured highly into it? Sure. The WSJ story you're continually citing also said the emails they obtained repeatedly pointed to Luckey's lack of transparency to his bosses in regards to his day-to-day work, which had been steadily decreasing since the acquisition. Does THAT figure into it? Yeah, you bet your ass it does. Is it possible that there were dozens, if not hundreds of things that went into the consideration? Absolutely.

But again, we're back to this original point of you claiming that it had to be his political reasons that got him fired, Facebook claiming it wasn't his political opinions that got him fired, and no statement from anyone post the settlement regarding the matter. The lawyer's claim you keep falling back on occurred before the trial, and is backed by no actual evidence. The WSJ article states that FB was pressuring Luckey to support Gary Johnson, specifically because his constant support of Trump was hurting their partnerships with other companies. But FB has come out a dozen times post this and said, repeatedly, that he wasn't fired for his conservative views, and I've provided you several other options, all of which likely figured into the matter, if not were in fact the crux of the matter. If Palmer Luckey thought he could prove that he was fired for political reasons, don't you think he would've proven that publicly in a court of law, to have it on the record, so he could talk about it for the rest of his life?

Again, you're picking and choosing which specious argument to believe.
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